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BENEDICTION

The first video from Thurston’s forthcoming solo album, DEMOLISHED THOUGHTS.

I WOULD MAKE THE DANCES.

I’m supposed to edit some live footage I’ve recorded of Sonic Youth as content for sonicyouth.com and am interpreting the task relatively freely.

I WOULD MAKE THE DANCES. JOHN WOULD WRITE THE MUSIC. is comprised of treated footage from SY’s 2010 Prospect Park show in NYC. I’ve pulled every clip documenting the musicians’ feet (mostly re-zoomed and therefore, degraded, footage) to choreograph the sort of dance discussed in the overdubbed dialogue. I imagined the physical movement inherent to live rock performance as a pure, contemporary extension of the classical Indian Sangita discussed by John Cage–Sangitas being visualizations of melody as people.

The attached dialogue was captured from a streamed-special on Merce Cunningham that aired around the time of his passing. A Minneapolis reference suggests it might be from the Walker Art Center, but I’m uncertain. This segment of audio features Merce and John Cage in conversation about motion, sound and chance versus correlative approaches to meshing them.

chris habib

LEE RANALDO + SARAH LIPSTATE / NYC

an edit of a recent improvised guitar collaboration lee performed with sarah lipstate of noveller in nyc. it was one of the final shows at storied manhattan avant garde performance space, roulette, before they packed-up shop to cross the river and set new roots in downtown brooklyn. filmed and edited by chris habib.

SY + ENRIQUE MORENTE

With sadness we note the passing this week of our friend, the great Spanish flamenco singer Maestro Enrique Morente. Sonic Youth was lucky enough to work with Enrique in 2005, when performing together in Valencia. He was also kind enough to grace us with his presence, and his voice, at the opening performance of our ‘Sonic Youth etc. : Sensational Fix” museum show in Madrid in 2009. From straight traditional flamenco to the way far out, Enrique was interested in it all. He will be missed.

Lee, New York City, 121410.

ALWAYS SEEMS TO MOVE SO SLOW

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WARNING: CONTAINS A FEW SECTIONS OF STROBING IMAGES a non-narrative impressionistic documentary of the making of harmony korine’s “sunday” for sonic youth. features harmony as a disembodied voice, macaulay culkin, juilliard ballerinas, thurston moore and the incidental sounds intrinsic to harmony’s process. i shot this footage 10 years ago and finally got around to editing this last summer. there are 3 completely different versions of this movie. this is the only one that will be made public. stick with it. only a few scenes are shot off of the playback monitor and exhibit the strobing that resulted from shooting playback video of high-speed cameras. -chris habib

SENSATIONAL FIX: MALMO

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SY shot by MV Carbon at Sensational Fix opening, Malmö, Sweden, 05.27.09.

REENA

Director Braden King’s video shot at CBGB’s last June. Six more videos for songs from ‘Rather Ripped’ are available at the sy.com video page.

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SY LIVE IN POITIER, FRANCE 1983

Our first tour in Europe, playing a communist festival in a tent, with Killing Joke. The Europeans weren’t quite ready for our sound back then, had never heard anything like it. Bob Bert on drums. -LR

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