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I Care About The Music!

February 8th, 2013 § Leave a Comment

Oh boy, oh boy. I love experimental/avant-garde/electronic/post-rock/lo-fi/classical deconstruction, and this movie has all of those in spades. A masterful bouquet of parallels and metaphors, visually and aurally, I was taking near constant delight. Very rarely does a music documentary take such painstaking detail in relating sound to space, and when it does it seems to pair the two only with the most introspective of musicians. The complete opposite visually (but not necessarily sonically) from my favorite¬† “Heima,” the urban and industrial decay of Tokyo and its environs inform and juxtapose in a painfully beautiful cacophony.

my favorite instrument + pellet gun + contact mic = my new favorite music yet undreamt of!

my favorite instrument + pellet gun + contact mic = my new favorite music yet undreamt of!

Am I getting a little grandiose? Good, because this film swelled from the depths to the heights of my soul in a sine wave of pleasure. We show a lot of music documentaries at the GI, and this possibly the best I have seen yet. The music? Think a lo-fi and minimalist Mono mixed with the blue collar soundscapes of chamber rockers Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and throw all that out the door as chiptune collides with monastic thrash metal. Yeah, it’s a goddamn genius tour-de-force of vibrant Japanese musicians that I just got to listen to now.

Looks like Japan is giving Iceland a run for its experimental money. Look out Sigur Ros, their movies and music are hot on your heels.

—Japanese, yes please!, dan

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