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Miami's Intergalactic Visitor, Virgo, Merges Music and Technology Like No One Else

In Virgo's first music video, "Disappear," she sings just as the sun begins to break on the horizon, and later she submerges herself in the Atlantic Ocean as the folds of her white dress dance in the water.

It's the perfect image for an enigmatic songwriter who's transformed herself in recent years into part alien, part water creature with a lush electronic soundscape serving as her siren call.

But for the former experimental filmmaker from California, the music video, which was released this summer, was almost too conventional.

"I didn't even want to put it out because it was so normal," Clark jokes as she sits at the All Day coffee shop downtown. "It's so weird for me since my background is in film. I always get hypercritical, and I think I get overwhelmed about approaching a film project."

"It's becoming this whole world with characters and a story."

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Virgo, whose real name is Elizabeth Ann Clark, may have shifted to music, but her artistic vision still goes well beyond the recording studio. Aside from her digital projects, she's even developing a full-fledged videogame. She's mum on the details, but her face lights up when she talks about the project.

"The videogame is going to be a highlight," she says. "When I came out with the EP, it was near being finished, and then I decided to develop it further. Now it's becoming this whole world with characters and a story."

Game developer and music producer are just two of many titles Clark has bestowed upon herself. She's also looking into fashion design and working further with technology such as virtual reality.

For all her innovative spirit, Clark says it's been difficult getting full recognition. Many have assumed others have helped her behind the scenes. "I finished a show the other day, and someone assumed I had the help of a producer," she says. "It's really hard to convince people."

Whatever direction it ends up taking, Clark's Virgo project is indelibly connected to the city where she's created it.

"I don't have that mentality that once I'm at a certain point, I'm going to leave Miami," she says. "I kind of see Miami as the place I want to live for a long time and help the city grow and have a community of artists and musicians."

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Jose D. Duran is the associate editor of Miami New Times. He's the strategist behind the publication's eyebrow-raising Facebook and Twitter feeds. He has also been reporting on Miami's cultural scene since 2006. He has a BS in journalism and will live in Miami as long as climate change permits.
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