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Friday, December 12, 2008, 8:00 pm,

notes on breakcore

people do noise

*People Who Do Noise* is a film about the experimental music of Portland, Oregon. Extensive interviews and intimate performance footage provide an intense portrait of the motivations, emotions, and ideas that go into this uncompromising, sometimes brutal musical form. Covering a wide range of artists and styles, the film features everything from the absurdist free-improvisations of genre-pioneers Smegma, to the harsh-noise assaults of Oscillating Innards and everything in between. With an unflinching cinematic style, the film defies any trend-setting or commercial representation, opting instead for a stark portrayal of a musical underground at its most genuine and vital. For the subjects of the film, noise music is a way of life; a life in opposition to the tidy, orderly, and vacuous pop-culture experience. directed by Adam Cornelius (2008, 82 min.)

“*Notes on Breakcore* is a warts-and-all rave-doc about the international breakcore scene starring a lot of badly dressed men with terrible haircuts talking about a style of electronic dance music that, when played at high volume, is the kind of savage racket that’s used to gently coax answers out of inmates at Guantanamo Bay. […] Breakcore is the bastard hate child of jungle, happy hardcore, techno, electronica, acid house, ragga, electro and dub. When it’s done well, by nutjobs like Venetian Snares for instance, it can be the most euphoric music in the world.” (–*VICE* Magazine). (directed by Bertram Koenighofer & David Kleinl, 2006, 30min.)

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