bring in da noise!

From: Captain P.J. (email suppressed)
Date: Fri Mar 03 2006 - 15:14:31 PST

('binary' encoding is not supported, stored as-is) xander wrote:

>(come on feel the) noise noise noise i've spent many years at basement noise shows
>and more often show my movies in this context then in the realm of experemental film
>- i wonder about the cross-over of these sub-cultures...who else is out there?
>lets trade tapes!!! - xander

More please!
Basement noise shows?  I'm trying to visualize this.  When I was a kid, I would go to our basement whenever my dad started watching the football game.  I'd leave the door open so that I could hear the sounds of the game and then I would draw for hours.  It was one of my favorite Sunday rituals.

So I'll raise my hand that I am out there!  Most of the soundtracks to my films are "arranged noise" (though technically, I guess that's what music is).  They consist of atmospheric noise (from Earth and beyond), crackling ice, or digital manipulation of voices, tones, etc.  My favorite was my neighbor's daughter and her friends slowed down 1000 times- didn't even sound human (miraculous bonus- it didn't sound "manipulated" either).  Slime molds make beautiful "noise," as does the sun.  I'd love to trade tapes!

Sound and Film have an interesting relationship to me.  I find it fascinating that people will sit in one place and listen to music or "sounds," but get fidgety watching an "abstract" film.  What can be more "abstract" than a song?   Sometimes, I think our senses become overly polarized and competitive.  Let my eyes drink in the music for a change!

"All art aspires to the condition of music."
Walter Pater

Sounding off,

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