As the inaugural edition of the ongoing Cinefamily series, VideoSonics is a cinematic playground pushing parameters of live-score schematics into experiential visual territories. Creating an acoustic space for visual narratives to unfold, these artists place us in a new kind of sound world— one where subject and other are placed within listening itself. Entering this hearing realm, we are placed in context with ideas permeating the concept of noise in music and distinguishing ‘noise’ as a style within music itself. Forced to unlisten, we navigate images spliced to soundtracks of layered dissonance. Listening between rather than relying on their movement onscreen— we see how noise and music, performance and perception, theater and film, cross over into one another, as oscillating fragments relying on each other’s mutual undoings to transvalue their inherent materiality.
Atmospheric underworlds commenced with Live For Each Moon’s re-score to hypnotic myriads from Crocodile. Calming ceruleans melded into the dark, layered labyrinths conjured by Pod Blotz, set against an equally kinetic remix of Funeral Parade of Roses. An exclusive preview of the short film exploring the dark undertones of Asian fetish, Carnal Orient set a crimson stage for the final act. Xiu Xiu’s synthesis of acoustics with unexpected instruments colorized the mesmerizing horror of the beautifully grotesque Under the Blossoming Cherry Trees.
Combining avant-garde aesthetics with grind-house shocks, each cinematic diversion obscured boundaries between fiction and reality, desire and experience, and disrupted the often ubiquitous tapestry of watching VS feeling.
July 30, 2015
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