ON SCREEN - Musikmaschinen und Videomusik'
kuratiert von Cornelia und Holger Lund (www.fluctating-Images.de)
28. + 29. April 2007
Screening kombiniert zwei unabhängig voneinander entstandene Videos,
„House“ von Gabriel Shalom und „Bassline Baseline“
von Nate Harrison, in denen jeweils eine Musikmaschine, die Roland TB
303 Bass Line, eine entscheidende Rolle spielt.
Das, was die Musikmaschine dem Nutzer zu tun erlaubt, setzt insbesondere
Shalom dabei sogleich videomusikalisch um, indem er mit filmischen Mitteln
wie Schnitt und Montage die Funktionsweise der Maschine vorführt.
Ergänzt wird diese Thematik um das Video „Instrumental“
von Gabriel Shalom, bei dem es, kontrastiv zu den industriellen Musikmaschinen,
um handgebaute singuläre Eigenkonstruktionen geht.
Gabriel Shalom 'HOUSE' USA 2005
is a whimsical video-music documentary about the different styles of house
music. DJ Scott Hardkiss describes the various musical styles while an
anonymous actor provides musical illustrations in a house. All the music
in the video comes directly from the sounds of the actor moving about
in the house.
Nate Harrison 'Bassline
Baseline' USA 2005
single channel DVD with sound
dimensions variable, total run time 21 min
Bassline Baseline is a video essay that investigates the invention, failure
and subsequent resurrection of the mythic Roland TB-303 Bass Line music
machine in the last two decades of the 20th century. The narrative seeks
to invite thoughts on technological mediation within product innovation
and creative expression. The dead-panned 'documentary' video attempts
to explore how and why creative tools fail and how increasingly more options,
parameters or intermediaries devised during a tool's research and development
phase don't necessarily lead to increased expressivity or virtuosity during
the tool's lifetime of actual use, unless the super-structure of its cultural
context is dramtically reconsidered.
'INSTRUMENTAL' USA 2005
Bradford Reed, Thomas Truax, Bart Hopkin, and Art Harrison are four musicians
who make their own special electro-acoustic instruments. INSTRUMENTAL
is a poetic meditation on the lives of these instrument builders and the
musical worlds they inhabit.
Through interviews and performances, the instrument-builders are presented
in the context of their homes and workshops, as well as in the surrounding
urban, suburban, and rural environments.
Bradford Reed is the creator of the Pencilina. The pencilina is an electric
ten stringed collision of the hammer dulcimer, slide guitar, koto and
fretless bass with six pickups of varied types. It is struck with sticks,
plucked and bowed, giving Reed an incredibly wide sonic palette. When
he plays he sounds like a whole rock band.
Thomas Truax performs accompanied by his "drummer" Sister Spinster,
a variable speed automated percussion device made from a prepared bicycle
wheel, and sings through his Hornicator, a modified and amplified gramophone
horn channeled through a foot-controlled looping device.
Bart Hopkin is an ethnomusicologist and instrument enthusiast. He published
a journal for fifteen years called Experimental Musical Instruments which
remains to be the most centralized organ of the instrument-building community
in America. He edited books dedicated to unique instruments, the most
well known being 'Gravikords Whirlies & Pyrophones' Arthur Harrison
is by far the most obscure of the four interview subjects. He is a committed
theremin enthusiast. He has built and performed his own theremins for
years and sells his original theremin designs worldwide.