Audiophilia | Chicago Reader


The audio is as important as the imagery in most of these 12 videos. Neil Ira Needleman's My First Film Noir is image free—a fanciful noirish plot unfolds in on-screen text to a sonic collage of overheated movie music. A percussive, echo-laden sound track sets the tone for the dense superimpositions of Tossy Timmy's Bobby's Friends, which includes the piercing, uncanny eyes of a boy's dolls. Doug Lussenhop's Plastic Crimewave Sound: Grade Ceased (2003) is an admirably intense, even assaultive, music video. Of particular interest are three music videos from Baghdad: in one predating the invasion a soldier appears to rap Saddam's praises in Arabic while others wave their guns; in a more recent one Saddam is made to sing “I know the devil is by my side.” The program includes live performances by several bands. 68 min.

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