This is not the Feedbacker you know. This is something of my own creation. The name is two-fold. One reason is yes, it is a reference to the classic Boris album of the same name, as the conception for both this film and its performance occurred whilst listening to said album. Secondly, it is due to the live improvised soundtrack making heavy use of natural feedback created by the mics, speakers, and sound system present.
This was created a final project for my Acting For The Screen class, and its planning and execution have taken quite a bit of time, and that's why I've not been active as of late. All we had to do was make a short film, 5-7 minutes long, but naturally, I'm not content with doing the baseline minimum. So instead, I opted to created a very glitchy, very bizarre film that made use of heavy amounts of glitch and distortion, and damage through chromatic aberration and RGB destruction.
For those who are curious, the soundtrack was created a multiple of different ways. The laptop's sound output was hooked up to the theater's speakers, and I also had my Blue Yeti attached via USB. I then had a program called "Hardcore" running, which is a virtual set of guitar pedals, meant to allow for guitar effects. However, I used them for noise. Whatever came in through the Yeti was put through the program, and back out into the speakers. The Yeti is a very sensitive microphone, and it picked up that output, and you can imagine the rest. That's right, infinite feedback loops.
However, Hardcore didn't work as planned on my buddy's laptop, so I had no GUI to adjust effects and stuff, so I just had to roll with the basic boot effects that it gave. To supplement, I played STCLVR's "Splendid Torso" and "Soaked Hospital Garment" on my friend's phone speaker, right next to the mic, and fed that in is a form of backing. It's literally indecipherable through everything, but it does provide a bit of a spine, even if you can't tell.
The other pivotal component of this performance was my friend Tony, who though you never see, added a great deal to what you heard. He was behind the screen with his guitar and amp, creating some violently distorted and gnarly sounds with it, with a great amount of feedback as well, to add to the experience.
The last component that made this performance what it is was the use of physical props and a little bit of costume work. The physical moments edged this slightly into a bit of danger music, I had a crowbar, sledgehammer, and claw hammer at my disposal, along with various old pots and pans, inflated plastic buffer wrap, and a glass jar full of nails. And yes, if you're curious, that jar did shatter open mid-performance, and yes, I got hurt by it. Tony also comes out and smashes three glass wine bottles and a small glass bottle with tissue paper soaked in dye around the 3:50 mark. Around 4:25, what you see me going over and hitting is none other than a watermelon. And yes, it splattered everywhere, and yes, it was a pain to clean up. Lastly, the wood/metal panel that was smashed at the end had a poster affixed to it, that said "Be Your Own King of Beautiful". This poster was being sold at Walmart, the shithole of the world. Thus, I had to buy it and use it, since it's nothing more than just cheap fake inspiration from a company that gets paid to "inspire" you with mass-produced sentiment.
Near the beginning, I send a majority of my pots and pans into the audience, since I just felt compelled to knock the shit out of them and straight off the table. For the first segment of the performance, I'm wearing a black hooded cloak and plague doctor mask, and for the second, I do take it off and am wearing a black and red vest, and a tanktop that says "You're such a sick sad waste of a human being".
Tony, though you never see him, was in military garb. It makes me sad that he ended up staying behind the screen to play, as he looked very cool, but it still sounded fantastic. He helped makes the performance as incredible as it was, and I couldn't have pulled it off without him.
This is performance art, and though you may not understand it, perhaps you will still find entertainment within it, I hope you do. It took a lot of time, effort, and planning, and was very intensive to perform.
released May 19, 2016
Samples from Ulver and Schloss Tegal
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