Oct 3, 2005

the creation of sound (play)

I was fascinated by Amon Düül Il's music and colourul outfits, they caused a stir wherever the appeared. Some of our hired cameras didn't function properly and kept tangling the film. We attempted to point this out to the group, asking them to pause during their performance, but they didn't respond and continued to play the entire 25-minute track in one go. So, in the end, we had to edit together the best of a number of takes -palabras del director: Rüdiger Nüchtern-.

The film could be entitled "The Creation Of Sound", remarked the programme notes. A respected national daily newspaper enthused: It was a week of indescribable movies, many of wich were atrocious, but there were also some beautiful experimental 'underground' and rock music films.

It is in coulour and you will see the German rock group Amon Düül II -wich, apart from Amon DüülI, is the only true progressive and outstanding group from Germany- on stage with their celebrated light show. Their sound is very heavy, weird and wild. Imagine a cross between Hapshash, Spooky Tooth, Dr, John and Jethro Tull. They released their first Lp in July.

The film was shot spontaneously in a day, an the intention was to bring the music directly to the screen in as pure, truthful and uninterrupted maanner as possible.

The film examines the hard work and sacrifices that a serious rock group has to make in Germany. It is aimed against commercial pop films and tv shows, which exploit and disfigure the work and music made by others, often with much more effort. For that reason, theere is o pretentious tb stlye camerawork or pseudo avant-garde yse if soft focus, jump cuts or multi-images. Instead there is just one long and simple close up shot of the group, carefully intercut with one shot of a sunrise and another of a sunset. In between, we are taken on a long and slow journey through a strange looking landscape in the early morning.

The film could be called 'The Creation Of Sound' wich is the title of a poem by Wallace Stevens, a latter day poet,, who like Blake, Wordsworth, Shelley and Yeats, was searching for an aesthetic dialogue bwtwen real and visionary images and between sight and sound. To these romantic ideas the film ownes a great deal, but there is also an element of Marxist idealism derived from Jean Marie Straub. In this concept, one sees that music and art have much to do with real work, wich one enjoys and seldom notices, but which the group creates and experiences
Grabado en el 68, antes que la edición del album y casi paralelamente a las grabaciones de Amon Düül, un año después se estrenaría en el Edinburgh Film Festival y parte de las notas que he transcrito del dvd son las sensaciones que Phallues Dei transmitió, hay que verlo

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