Category Archives: MUSIC

LE CHOC DU FUTUR

The year is 1978. Punk rock has captured the imagination of the world, but another group of musicians has taken a different path into the world of machine-driven electronica. The new film LE CHOC DU FUTUR—the directorial debut of Marc Collin, co-founder of the band Nouvelle Vague—explores the birth of a scene through the eyes and ears of a young woman in Paris.

Housesitting for a producer and availing herself of the wall of synthesizers in his apartment, Ana (Alma Jodorowsky)—a commercial jinglest and budding composer—works to create a new music-sans-musicians, what she calls “a dance for oscillators,” a layering process the film considers with lovely, unhurried detail. She dreams of leaving behind the old rock venues, “stinking of beer and piss,” and communing with nature in a mass gathering.

LE CHOC DU FUTUR features music by Throbbing Gristle, Human League, Julie London, Aksak Maboul, Jean-Michel Jarre, Suicide, and Clara Luciani—who co-stars—and is dedicated to the female pioneers of electronic music, among them Clara Rockmore, Wendy Carlos, Daphne Oram, Delia Derbyshire, Eliane Radigue, Laurie Spiegel, Suzanne Ciani, Johanna Beyer, Charlotte “Bebe” Barron, Pauline Oliveros, Else Marie Pade, and Beatriz Ferreyra.

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LE CHOC DU FUTUR

A film by Marc Collin.

Cleopatra Entertainment

Marc Collin, Le choc du futur (2019), starring Alma Jodorowsky. Photographs and film poster courtesy and © Cleopatra Entertainment.

DIANA THATER — YES, THERE WILL BE SINGING

From the beginning, I never wanted to work with just Bill Viola-style hidden projectors projecting on to screens. I wanted to work with architecture and with corners and doorways and windows. A lot of Robert Morris’ writing was important to me – still is. He talks about presence, about presence in the work of art and about being present, and that’s been really influential for me. — Diana Thater

YES, THERE WILL BE SINGING—a new sound, video, and light piece by Thater—is on view now, presented by David Zwirner Offsite. See link below.

DIANA THATER—YES, THERE WILL BE SINGING

David Zwirner Offsite

Through November 28.

Diane Thater, Yes, There Will Be Singing, David Zwirner Offsite, October 14, 2020–November 28, 2020. Images © Diana Thater, courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner.

AFI FEST 2020 — SOUND OF METAL

SOUND OF METAL—the story of a heavy metal drummer whose sense of hearing suddenly disappears, and one of the highlights of this year’s AFI Fest—is distinguished by writer-director Darius Marder‘s deep affection for his characters and the sensitivity with which these characters are brought to life.

Riz Ahmed stars as Ruben, the drummer for a band fronted by his partner, singer-guitarist Lou (played by Olivia Cooke). Paul Raci co-stars as the director of a sober living house for the deaf.

The film was co-written by Abraham Marder, from a story by Derek Cianfrance. See link below for streaming details.

SOUND OF METAL

AFI Fest Presented by Audi.

Streaming through October 22.

Following the film, Variety’s editor Clayton Davis leads a conversation with filmmaker Darius Marder, Riz Ahmed, Paul Raci, Chelsea Lee, and Shaheem Sanchez.

Darius Marder, Sound of Metal (2019), from top: Riz Ahmed; Ahmed at post-streaming Q & A; film cast, director, and interpreters at post-streaming Q & A; Ahmed in film. Images courtesy and © the filmmaker, the actors and interpreters, AFI Fest, and Amazon.


ELECTRONIC — FROM KRAFTWERK TO THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS

Evoking the experience of being in a club, the exhibition ELECTRONIC—FROM KRAFTWERK TO THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS will transport you through the people, art, design, technology, and photography that have been shaping the electronic music landscape.*

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ELECTRONIC—FROM KRAFTWERK TO THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS

Through February 14, by appointment.

Design Museum

224–238 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London.

Electronic: From Kraftwerk to the Chemical Brothers, Design Museum, London, July 31, 2020–February 14, 2021, from top: Adam Smith and Marcus Lyall’s sensory experience for the Chemical Brothers’ track “Got to Keep On,” photograph by Guy Bell / Rex / Shutterstock; Kraftwerk, photograph by Guy Bell / Rex / Shutterstock; installation view, photograph by Felix Speller; Yuri Suzuki and Jeff Mills, The Visitor; masks from the Aphex Twin video Windowlicker (1999), photograph by Speller; Smith and Nyall’s “Got to Keep On” installation; Haçienda club designs by Ben Kelly and Peter Saville; Electronic: From Kraftwerk to the Chemical Brothers exhibition catalog; Jean-Michel Jarre’s imaginary studio, photograph by Speller; Weirdcore, Aphex Twin’s Collapse; 1024 Architecture, Core; Bruno Peinado, Untitled (The Endless Summer), 2007, photograph by Speller. Images courtesy and © the artists, the photographers, and the Design Museum.

DORIAN WOOD — ARDOR

In March [2020, when everything was] shut down, knowing that I wouldn’t be going anywhere for a very long time, I took a month off to be sad and frustrated. When the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor set off a series of massive nationwide actions led by Black Lives Matter, I turned my feelings of anger and helplessness into motivation, which inspired me to work simultaneously on ARDOR and REACTOR. I created these two works to serve as love letters to activists, medical workers, and service workers everywhere—music to encourage acts of resistance, and to soothe at the end of the day…

[In June 2020] I was generously offered a week-long residency at Human Resources Los Angeles to do whatever I wanted. After months of being at home [in quarantine], I was so happy to have the opportunity to let loose inside a big, empty space, and one that has hosted so many of my past performances. I invited my dear friend and longtime guitarist Michael Corwin to come down and record a mix of original and cover songs we’d performed together over the years. We were masked and distant throughout the recording session. After the first hour of setting gear up, we immediately fell into our own special chemistry. Thus, most of the songs you hear on ARDOR are single recorded takes. — Dorian Wood

ARDOR—the first of two upcoming albums by Dorian Wood—will be released on Friday, September 4. The album includes three original compositions by Wood, as well as songs by Prince, Juan Gabriel, Malvina Reynolds, Violeta Parra, and Chavela Vargas.

On the weekend of ARDOR’s launch, the Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles presents a livestream album release concert.

See links below for details.

DORIAN WOOD—ARDOR

Pre-order now.

DORIAN WOOD—ARDOR LIVESTREAM CONCERT

ICA / LA

Sunday, September 6.

Noon on the West Coast; 3 pm East Coast; 8 pm London; 9 pm Paris.

Dorian Wood, photographs by Gonzo Bojorquez (2); Wood, photograph by Max Fleury; Dorian Wood, Ardor (2020) cover; Wood, photograph by Fleury; Wood, photograph by Bojorquez. Images courtesy and © the artist and the photographers.