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Z'EV - Heart Beat Ear Drum

Format: DVD
Label & Cat.Number: Cold Spring CSR262DVD
Release Year: 2020
Note: "Music as a form of incantation" - most impressive film by ELLEN ZWEIG about the great 'shamanic' musician, sound poet, and performance artist who died in 2017, dedicating his whole life to art and the love relationship to his "industrial objects": archival concert footage starting in the 70's,interviews, etc. show his evolvement through the years, from his wild beginnings over sound poetry to the trance-inducing drones of the later period, comes with full-colour inlay and postcard, 75 min.
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Heart Beat Ear Drum is a feature length documentary about the late artist and musician ZEV (1951-2017), known for his punk era scrap metal music an extraordinary range of acoustic phenomena resulting in trance-inducing sounds.

This documentary shows how his music changed and grew and how his personal journey led him to the margins of art and the depths of heart. From 2007-2015, director Ellen Zweig followed ZEV, shooting concerts and interviews, and collecting archival footage. In addition to interviews with ZEV, there are interviews with a community of artists who have known him since the 1970s, curators who have encountered him in the 1990s, and younger people who have only heard his recorded music or read his philosophical texts (Bob Bellerue, Bow Gamelan Ensemble, HATI, Barbara Stevini, Simone Forti, Zach Layton, Carl Stone, Ned Sublette, Johanna Went and more).

ZEV began with a wild style, crashing and throwing pieces of metal to make sound. He collected the materials for his art at scrap yards. 30 years later, almost all the scrap yards are closed. ZEV now uses mallet percussion to explore acoustic phenomena. ZEV was a crusader: for art, for trance meditation, and for living a thoughtful life. His found object aesthetic made us see art in all of the objects around us. His art activities included drumming, sculpture, gardening, even cooking.

This film is divided in chapters and organised with both a narrative and a digressive structure. The structure is topic based, not strictly chronological. The first half of the film uses archival concert footage and interviews to establish ZEVs place in the world of art and music. The second half uses contemporary concert footage and interviews to explore the changes that led ZEV to a more contemplative style. The film ends with an extended concert.

There is music throughout the film, but at the end, you are immersed in the music and in ZEVs exploration of resonance.

Director: Ellen Zweig
Co-Editor: Lili Chin
Sound Design: Ron MacLeod

DVD case with inserts. PAL, Region 0.