Sähkö (1995)

 

Mika Vainio’s death in April 2017 sent shock waves rippling through the electronic music community. The late Finnish musician left an indelible mark on noise thanks to his roles in the ‘90s group Pan Sonic and record label Sähkö Recordings. Over the years, Vainio collaborated with Björk, Suicide’s Alan Vega, drone icon Stephen O’Malley and more.

Artfully shot on 16mm by Jimi Tenor in 1995, Sähkö The Movie – a title fans have given the film in the absence of any official one – is a suitably abstract portrayal of the singular label in its prime. Finnish artists featured include Sähkö co-founder Tommi Grönlund, Mono Junk, Hertsi, IFÖ, and, of course, Mika Vainio himself.

The film tracks the Finnish unit at work in the studio making tracks on their trademark custom-built analogue equipment, hand-pressing limited edition vinyl releases and their eardrum rupturing yet delicate live performances. Outside of a few select festival screenings and those who own a rare VHS edition released by Blast First Petite, hardly anyone has seen the 44-minute film but this hasn’t stopped it attaining legendary status.

Essential viewing for anyone with a passing interest in techno, industrial and experimental music underpinned by a restless DIY spirit.

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Ten Meter Tower (2017)

 

‘Ten Meter Tower’ by Maximilien Van Aertryck and Axel Danielson appeared at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. It is part of a series produced by independent filmmakers who have received support from the non-profit Sundance Institute.

Our objective in making this film was something of a psychology experiment: We sought to capture people facing a difficult situation, to make a portrait of humans in doubt. We’ve all seen actors playing doubt in fiction films, but we have few true images of the feeling in documentaries. To make them, we decided to put people in a situation powerful enough not to need any classic narrative framework. A high dive seemed like the perfect scenario.

 

Through an online advertisement, we found 67 people who had never been on a 10-meter (about 33 feet) diving tower before, and had never jumped from that high. We paid each of them the equivalent of about $30 to participate — which meant climbing up to the diving board and walking to its edge. We were as interested in the people who decided to climb back down as the ones jumping.

 

We filmed it all with six cameras and several microphones. It was important for us not to conceal the fact that this was an arranged situation, and thus we chose to show the microphones within the frame. Ultimately, about 70 percent of those who climbed did jump. We noticed that the presence of the camera as well as the social pressure (from those awaiting their turn beside the pool) pushed some of the participants to jump, which made their behaviour even more interesting.

 

In our films, which we often call studies, we want to portray human behaviour, rather than tell our own stories about it. We hope the result is a series of meaningful references, in the form of moving images. “Ten Meter Tower” may take place in Sweden, but we think it elucidates something essentially human, that transcends culture and origins. Overcoming our most cautious impulses with bravery unites all humankind. It’s something that has shaped us through the ages.

http://www.maximilienvanaertryck.com/
http://www.plattformproduktion.se/

Johnny Bubble (2017)

 

“Johnny Bubble is a fictional creature who has lived a long and happy life with a beautiful family and strong ties to the community.”

animation by Alan Resnick
music by Andrew Bernstein

Sonic Outlaws (1995)

 

The motto of this fast-paced, often hilarious American documentary that examines the changing attitudes towards multi-media plagiarism is “Copyright Infringement Is Your Best Entertainment Value.” To make his point, filmmaker Craig Baldwin presents a collage of interviews, illegally “borrowed” samplings, and legal cases, providing examples of each that range from a record company’s lawsuit against an independent rock band’s satirical samplings to cellular phone scanners, to “billboard bandits.” Baldwin also points out historical examples of artist’s stealing ideas from each other.

Directed By: Craig Baldwin. Features interviews with: Negativland, John Oswald, Tape-beatles and more

Graham Dunning and the Mechanical Techno Turntable (2015)

 

“Multiple layers of modified records rotate on the turntable. Some of the vinyl has been sliced and bent, while others have little nuts and bolts drilled in or are covered in stickers to blank out certain sections. A ring stand—normally used to clamp test tubes in laboratories—holds a few contact mics. The tonearm is precariously held in place, tethered by a string leash. With every revolution, analog synths and drum machines are triggered. A beat even gets tapped out on a cowbell, without any human touch. This is Mechanical Techno.” – Nara Shin

Full interview here – http://www.coolhunting.com/culture/interview-graham-dunning-mechanical-techno-turntable-machine