Saturday, February 24, 2018
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #615
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MEDIA BLACKOUT #615.255!
Alessandra Comini – Egon Schiele’s Portraits (University
Of California Press) :: Back in the ’70s, legendary British mime David Bowie was tagged in various rock rags to play
early 20th century Austrian painter Schiele in a movie called The Wally that never materialized save for a photo
of Bowie looking suitably wan with a book about Schiele casually strewn at his feet; but not this massive 500 page hardcover
which would’ve been a tad too heavy for such a scrawny snow-snorter to heft.
It’s too bad that the flick never
got filmed because Schiele’s seriously skewed life was just as deeply disturbing as his seriously skewed illustrations
were—which is why I spent many a sleepless night kicking the gong around and wondering what the result would look like
if some visionary with a brimming brainpan dared to use Schiele’s herky-jerky artwork as a twisted template to create
an iconoclastic landmark animated series.
Peter Chung – Æon Flux: The Complete Animated
Collection (Paramount) :: It’s been twenty long years since Peter Chung first transmogrified Egon’s
art into Æon’s artifice and yet, as this definitive three disc set shows, the end results have never been more
eerily ahead of their time than they are now—no mean feat in a world gone wacky. If you’ve never been exposed
to Chung’s uncanny covert environment, you can now make up for lost time by immersing yourself for hours in the deep
end of the Æonetic pool where sixteen pretty much non-linear episodes await to indoctrinate you.
If it were easy
to tell you what they’re all about I would, but the best I can do to give you a hint of what awaits you is to quote
that great poet Grace Slick, who once wrote about a time “when logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead.”
Except that the crazy world of Peter Chung makes Lewis Carroll’s looking glass landscapes seem like the very picture
of photorealism; or as the phantom voice in Porky In Wackyland warns: “It can happen here!”
And in this Æon paean, it most certainly does.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Drew Neumann
– Eye Spy: Ears Only Confidential (Tone Casualties) :: Not since the great Carl Stalling gave Warner Bros.
cartoons their own unique sonic personality has there been such a perfect melding of sound and vision as that applied to Chung’s
art by Neumann. This two disc instrumental soundtrack to the Æon Flux series is what Bowie’s Low
would’ve sounded like had he teamed up with The Equalizer’s Stuart Copeland instead of Eno; or if id
Software had hired Wendy Carlos to record Quake instead of Trent Reznor. But don’t take my word for
it: mosey over to Drew’s website here where you can buy the enhanced three disc version directly from him and
then decide for yourself.
Carl Stalling – The Carl Stalling
Project: Music From Warner Bros. Cartoons 1936 – 1957 (Warner Bros.) :: Exactly!
Be seeing you!