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Sound of Noise (2010)
Sound of Noise: ode to music in four movements
Have you ever left a movie theater with your feet stamping and your head shaking in rhythm, as if you had a persistence of hearing a Funk drum & bass beat when you just came out of a concert?
No? So let yourself experience « Sound of Noise »! You will follow the adventure of drummers/percussionists determined to perform the piece of the Century: « Music for a city and six drummers », whose four movements will be played in four very different public sites in the city and this despite a musician-hunt, a police hunt which chases the percussionists to each of their illegal concerts.
The directors of this project and these musicians/madmen (Sanna Persson, Magnus Börjeson Anders Vestergard, Marcus Boij Haraldson, Fredrik Myhr and Johannes Björk) drew the attention first with a short film: « Music for One Apartment and Six Drummers » where they took possession of an apartment for 9 minutes. Then the concert/squat took place in the kitchen, the bedroom, the bathroom and the living room where the percussionists were performing with only day-to-day's objects as instruments in this temporary impromptu in A minor. The movie was produced in part thanks to this short film.
Following the same principle that in the short-film, the musicians use this time everyday objects of the city for each musical « happening »: white stripes on the asphalt, car's engine, containers on the docks, construction's grids, piping, dogs barking, electronic and hydraulic systems, the banknotes that pass through the shredder, ink pads, steam shovel
They decide to use the city first in order to protest and to rebel against the sound pollution in the city, at least initially. The film is the object, the cause, the means and the symbol of the fight: Down with musical obscurantism! Long live freedom! The most Rock'n Roll and political part in the same time is one scene where policemen arrest all the musicians and another one where we can see the funniest police road check-point I've ever seen (and simultaneously very disturbing): - « What do you have to declare? - I repeat, I do not have drums in my trunk." (As it was cocaine or weapons ...) »
The musician hunt is lead by an investigating officer: Amadeus Warnebring and despite of his promising name, he's allergic to music. He chases relentlessly the drummers until he falls in love...
The soundtrack is so clever in providing alternations between silences, percussionist's innovations, noise pollution the musicians are fighting and classical music which represents traditionalism. The film is it more a documentary about a fantastic and unique concert? There is a story (stories of love on many levels), a fantasy and the director seems to use emotions and scenes like sounds as if it were four guitar chords: going from tenderness to revolt, from fear to laughter in one swipe of fingers.
The inventiveness of the six percussionists, including the composer, goes all the way in ending musical apotheosis when using the most formidable guitar-electric bass ... trying to undermining the noise, pop music in the city, slaying and musical obscurantism.