8/03/2005

Speaking in Code



Lately, underground dance music has assumed a new role in the world.

Internet distribution has flung trax all over, and allowed for artists and scenes to collaborate and communicate with each other at an accelerated pace -- and at longer distances.

It has also become more sophisticated. Generic trance sounds and pre-programmed samples are kept at a distance as they relate to the more careful production done today. It gets deeper and more effecting. It's no longer trapped in warehouses and headphones, but also played in chic hotel bars, plaza squares and primetime commercials.

All types of listeners are interested now, as well. Consider the indie rock kids who've turned dancefloor enthusiasts, the Europeans born post-Kraftwerk or beat producers sampling late disco synths, &c.

The real point to the documentary has yet to come into sharp focus, but broadly it is:

who is making this music?
who is listening to this music?

We wanted to see how big the scene really is. And, well, it's pretty flippin big... as in practically worldwide.

Speaking in Code is designed to map the scene through narrative, characters, music and of course, devine footage. We've already talked to multiple artists, journalists and fans. We want to talk to many more.



Our director: Amy Lee Grill, an experimental filmmaker who runs Emerson College Television. This is her first feature-length documentary. Astounding angles, stills and perspective. I can assure you the movie will look like none other.

Our Director of Photography: Scott Sans, young film savant, has a mastery of light and motion... and is working freelance all over the USA. Literally.

Co-producers: Me, David Day and Philip Sherburne a writer and editor extraordinaire.

He most recently put together this piece for Slate magazine. Class act.

This is one minute of the 30 hours we've filmed so far. More To Come.

Download this link to your desktop, open quicktime and play.

If that doesn't work for mac users, here is a link to another location for the file.

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