This Friday The Cinefamily in Los Angeles is assembling a powerful group of musicians to live score a presentation of Michael Snow's experimental film Wavelength. Here's the lineup:
- J.R. Robinson (founder of Wrekmeister Harmonies)
- David Scott Stone (LCD Soundsytem, Melvins)
- David Yow (Jesus Lizard)
- Scott Martin (Big Business)
- Greg Rogrove (Priestbird)
- Matt Cronk (Qui)
I have never seen the 45 minute long Wavelength, so I turn you to the Cinefamily's synopsis:
Elemental, uncompromising, physical and yet completely intangible – explaining Michael Snow’s 1967 Wavelength is like explaining light itself. The 45-minute tracking shot is one of the most influential experimental films of all time, elegantly cutting to and straight through the essence of the filmic experience. This is a purely formal world, where the unalterable path of the camera – not human concerns like story or time – is what forms the experience. Originally scored to a simple sine wave drone, Michael Snow’s 1967 Wavelength converted the tenants of ambient, experimental music to the visual realm. For this special evening, sound artist J.R. Robinson – who has exhibited his ambient tonefields in museums around the world – will pay tribute to Snow’s pioneering visual experiment with an original sonic creation by his ensemble Wrekmeister Harmonies, accompanied by a list of friends and collaborators that includes members of LCD Soundsystem, The Melvins, Jesus Lizard, Priestbird, L.A.’s Big Business and Qui, and, of course, a projection of Wavelength itself!
They'll be showing the original version at 7:30 pm and the live score version at 10:00pm. The live score version is just 12 bucks.