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TOOP, DAVID - I never promised you a Rose Garden : A Portrait of David Toop through his record collection

Format: DVD
Label & Cat.Number: OME / Sub Rosa OME#10
Release Year: 2008
Note: kind of documentary about DAVID TOOP playing records from his collection and showing him philosophing about the limits of music, perception, improvisation, etc.. 96 minutes, english & francais subtitles
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Eine Art Dokumentation über den Musiker und (v.a.) Musikjournalisten DAVID TOOP (z.B. OCEAN OF SOUND), der ausgewählte Scheiben seiner Sammlung vorstellt (meist Raritäten aus den 60ern, z.B. ethnologische Stammesriten-Aufnahmen, die wirklich "fremd" klingen, unglaubliche Tierstimmen von Fröschen und Vögeln, frühe Avantgarde von JOHN CAGE oder AMM, etc.) und über die Grenzen von Musik, wie Klang einen "füttern" kann, Sound-Poetry, Psychogeographie (die "Atmosphäre" eines Ortes einfangen!), und den Glauben an eine De-Konditionierung durch das "andere Hören" ("by listening in a different way"). 96 Minuten lang, äusserst kurzweilig (als sitze man bei ihm zu Hause auf dem Soffa), englisch mit französischen Unteriteln. Sogar wenn man KEIN Plattensammler ist, ist das eine faszinierende Klangreise! Geniales Video, unsere besondere Empfehlung !!

"A fascinating ninety-minute film capturing David Toop at home with his record collection, I Never Promised You A Rose Garden not only gives an insight into the sounds most important to the renowned composer, author and Wire journalist, it also lets you hear them for yourself, switching as it does between Toop in discussion about the music and isolated playback against a black screen. Being a very fine music journalist and theorist, Toop makes an excellent candidate for a film like this. He's unceasingly articulate and gives a great insight into some genuine obscurities from around the world. Toop's LP collection boasts some incredible stuff, whether that be early electronic experiments by Richard Maxfield, AMM's intoxicating free music or Buddhist devotional chants. Further to all that you'll hear everything from documentary wildlife recordings (such as a mind-blowingly weird, most un-McCartney-like frog chorus, or an improbably mellifluous Venezuelan bird recording from the 1970s) to the sounds of purgatorial shamanic rites - how many of us can say we spend our leisure time not only listening to, but actually recording for ourselves an Amazonian vomiting ceremony? Aside from the material that gets played and talked about extensively, there's a variety of fascinating vinyl that gets pulled off the shelves - there's an Aleister Crowley 7" in there, a jaunty country song by Wendell Austin about his murderous LSD nightmares and audio trailers for Russ Meyer films. An especially intriguing moment arrives right at the end of film, when Toop brings out an album by '60s rock and roller Hasil Adkins in order to compare and contrast its reverberant, Suicide-like propulsions with the elemental electronics of Pan Sonic, who apparently, are big fans. There's plenty here for all you nerds out there to get your teeth into..." [Boomkat]

"...A Portrait Of David Toop Through His Records Collection. In his home in the northern part of London, David Toop plays us records for several days and asks: does music have any limits? Is the collective vomiting of Amazonian shamans on a vision quest music, or not? What about the funeral dirges of the Potu people? How did New Orleans jazz-bassist John Levy's recordings radically change our perceptions? How did improvised music and electronica redefine some secular frontiers? What influence did solitary rockabilly singer Hasil Adkins have on Finnish electronic group Panasonic? Sub Rosa presents a 90-minute film of these questions and more in a 96-minute film, directed by Guy-Marc Hinant and Dominique Lohlé. However, this film is not only about music, it is about speech patterns, and the moments where speech progresses towards exhaustion, where at any moment, words are lost, the body's limits take hold, and the film is over. Toop's record collection is endless, but after a while, the man gets tired, as if envisioning himself commenting on tens of thousands of records, one by one. Could that be done? At one point, the tone switches from the desire to continue to the desire to see it all stop. A type of despondency and hidden sadness is revealed. 96 minutes; double-sided DVD in both NTSC & PAL formats; region-free; in English with French subtitles." [label info]

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