What’s That Sound?

by Barber, George

Video 2004


‘What's That Sound? is a classic scratch piece started in 1989 but got left hanging around until 2004. The idea of the piece is to use the central idea of the drama where the characters struggle to hear the sound of a rescue ship. This in a way becomes a Greenbergian device asking the audience toconcentrate and listen extra hard to the soundtrack of the piece. Just what is it made of? What are the bare fundamentals here? What exactly is it we are listening out for? In this way, it becomes hard to know what is the real film and what is new or different. In all it produces, like all scratch pieces, a very different aesthetic experience and a strange mesmerizing feel in being asked just like the people on screen to strain one's ears and listen.’ – G.B.


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