After a few years of rabid anticipation and rumors, the members of Animal Collective and director Danny Perez are finally ready to unleash their collaborative “visual album” film that we now know as ODDSAC (and just in time to be invited to the Sundance film festival this past January). The film will be released in digital/DVD format in June and is being screened in select cities (as of now NY, Chicago, LA, San Francisco, and Portland) in the mean time. Check out the official ODDSAC website for updated dates and ticket info for all of the screenings.
ODDSAC is being touted as an experimental masterpiece that is a film experience unlike any other. With no perceivable plot interwoven into the connected array of short films and an appropriately matching bizarre/hypnotic pop soundtrack to match, the film is sure to be unique, to say the least. As you can see from the trailer below, it’s very hard to get any sense of what you’ll be seeing by the short twenty some seconds sample. Most of the reviews I’ve read seem to be positive but the recurring theme seems to be that ODDSAC is so different/strange that it is sure to be a subjective experience. So basically, check it out for yourself and make your own opinion. I will be at the San Francisco screening to make mine.
And if that’s not enough, Animal Collective and visual mastermind Danny Perez are back at it again with a performance piece called Transverse Temporal Gyrus. AC and Perez have been given the privilege to transform New York’s Guggenheim museum on March 4th, 2010 into a kinetic, psychedelic environment filled with various visuals elements, costumes, video projections, props, and original Animal Collective music created for the event. Unfortunately the tickets have already sold out, but this is one event that’s probably worth getting gouged on scalped tickets for. And if you still aren’t convinced of how awesome Transverse Temporal Gyrus is going to be, check out Animal Collective’s statement regarding their inspiration for the event:
“One of the things that you notice almost immediately in the jungle are the birds; so many different sounds coming from so many different directions. Are they communicating to each other? What are they saying? Does each variation serve a purpose? Why are there repetitions? Is there a pattern or is that just your imagination? If you don’t know the first thing about bird songs, these questions can rack a brain for days. The jungle seems louder than most New York apartments but its symbiosis makes it subtler if not more pleasing to foreign ears. The longer you sit awake in bed listening at night, the more you hear. It brings to mind Jane Goodall hanging out with chimpanzees in Tanzania and how she noticed them reacting to distant or inaudible sounds that at first she couldn’t hear, but as her ears adapted to the environment after months she began to hear them too.
But as the environments around us change quickly, as people encroach more and more on land where only select symbioses occur, we wonder how this will change the sounds around us and how this alters the way we hear things and react to them. As New Yorkers we are all familiar with the everyday noise around us—the car alarms, the subway trains braking, the music in bars—so familiar that sometimes we drown them out. But then do we not realize how these sounds are affecting us? How they make us feel or act? With this in mind we wanted to create an environment where people could take some time to listen to other kinds of sounds and get away from those familiar sounds of the city. Keeping in mind the birds of the jungle, we’ve created an array of sounds with Animal Collective’s music that is seemingly random…or is it? We invite you to come take some time out and sit with us. As time passes it is our hope that you will wonder if you are hearing songs or patterns or maybe simply hearing more. The visual work of Danny Perez has been incorporated to turn the environment of an empty museum into a more mysterious hideaway. The core elements and colors are worked into the piece in order to unite this room of sound with the inside of your brain. We hope you enjoy.
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