Alloy Orchestra

New 45s

After taking in the screening of “Metropolis” with a live musical accompaniment by the Alloy Orchestra at the Ozark Foothills Film Fest, I stood in the lobby with the rest of the festival-goers chatting about the amazing performance we just witnessed. From across the room, I caught a glimpse of a guy at the merchandise table sleeving a 45 record. Curiosity immediately peaked and I marched over.

The guy was Roger Miller, guitarist for Mission of Burma and member of the Alloy Orchestra. He was selling two 45s of his own work which he barely had time to describe before I was fishing for money. I brought both records (only $5 each!) and proceeded to completely geek out as Miller tells me how John Cage had complained that recorded performances are frozen with no life to them which caused Miller to create “Pop”  Record/Evolving  – a record that is the starts, in-betweens, and ends of other records. In other words, the surface noise of a record itself. The more the record is played, the more the vinyl degenerates thus a record that has live and changes with each “performance.”  And seeing as I am always fascinated with the life of vinyl records – the scratches, pops, and warmth of analog, I see it has a great addition to my collection.

The other 7-inch (that came with a free download) is also in the experimental category with sides label “X” Angled Scene and “Y”  Feedback Guitars for John Cage and I was pleasantly surprised at the repeat-listening quality of the tracks. For experimental music – what some might call noise art – I like it and plan to check out more of Miller’s work. He apparently does a lot of soundtrack work outside of the Alloy Orchestra.  Additionally, I’m ecstatic to find more proof than vinyl records are not just a thing of the past.

Roger Miller - 2 albums

The 10th Annual Ozark Foothills Film Fest

I attended the Ozarks Foothills Film Fest this past weekend and had to rave about it.

Not only did I get to see some great films (local, short, feature, documentary, animation, you name it!) I also participated in a screenwriting workshop taught by indie writer/director Gordy Hoffman.  Gordy is a smart talented guy (go watch his movie Love Liza and you’ll see what I mean) and I left the workshop ready to attack my script & ready to hammer out the kinks in my 3rd draft.

I talked to A LOT of people about 45 RPM. Everyone is eager to see more and a few more filmmaking hands have offered their skills to the production.  Very encouraging stuff!

Highlight of the festival had to be watching Fritz Lang’s restored classic Metropolis with the world-renowned Alloy Orchestra performing live.  Not only is the film a favorite of mine but the energy and creativity of the live soundtrack was nothing short of transcendent.

Alloy Orchestra practicing for “Metropolis”

Congratulations to Bob & Judy Pest, founders and directors of the Ozark Foothills Film Fest, for hosting the only festival of its kind in Arkansas for 10 years running!