This one-hour performance evolves around the developments in image and sound media that have taken place between the beginning and ending of the Twentieth century, in particular the disappearance of accompanying live music orchestras and big bands from cinemas and theaters.
For this purpose, three classic silent movies from the first half of the Twentieth century, covering themes as utopias (Potemkin by Sergei Eisenstein), alienation (Un Chien andalou by Luis Buñuel) and projections of the future (Modern Times by Charlie Chaplin), have been re-interpreted by the Polyvinyl Big Band, mixing both ėtraditionalķ and ėmodernķ forms of image and sound media. This has resulted in a cinematographic, orchestral and narrative re-working of these classic films, whereby these are used as building-bricks for a parallel montage on three screens and a live polyphonic soundtrack for 10 turntables and state-of-the-art electronics.
During the performance, the audience finds
itself within a ėreal-time information spaceķ bordered by three big projection
screens and a quadraphonic audio installation. The Polyvinyl Big Band itself
is lined-up as a traditional show-orchestra, with the director and the
central sound-unit in front of it.
YEAR AND COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION
2001, the Netherlands
The PBB is a collective of professional audio- and video-artists and all the members are involved in the artistic content of productions and performances. In no particular order, these are:
Stichting Polyvinyl Big Band, p / a Wim Plug
+31 (0) 71 5177070
+31 (0) 6 10834872
Polyvinylbigband@hotmail.com / web-site under construction.
A comprehensive press release is available on request. It includes further background information on the Polyvinyl Big Band concept, previous performances and more extensive biographies of all the members involved.
(sorry, in Dutch)