Whether it’s through projected backdrops at a live show, the modern artform of the music video, or documentaries that delve into the inner workings of a band, images and music have always gone hand in hand. This year’s Melbourne Music Week explores the relationship between the two.
ACMI will be in the thick of it, hosting a range of events including Gotye and his Collaborators, which will see the Melbourne songwriter and producer explain the creative process behind his elaborate music videos. As a nod to musical interpretations of silent films in the early days of cinema, UK video and sound designers Breton are set to remix film scores and tracks from their debut album, Other People’s Problems live on stage. Taking on a different kind of challenge, local audio-visual mash-up duo Naysayer and Gilsun have chosen three films to recut, remix and rescore on stage over one exclusive hour of original music.
Also at ACMI, the Fragile Lives and Beautiful Losers documentary series explores the lives of some of music’s tortured genius’, including Nick Drake, Mark Sandman of Morphine and Roky Erickson of The 13th Floor Elevators. Meanwhile, the Playing Under the Influence series invites Victorian rockers Steve Kilbey and Adalita to present and discuss the films that have made the most impact on their careers.
The Rooftop Cinema will also open their season early for MMW, screening music documentaries including Cosmic Psychos: Blokes You Can Trust and The Stone Roses: Made of Stone.
If your ears need a break from the musical madness, then feast your eyes on visual artist Tacita Dean’s 11-minute silent movie, FILM (2011), at the ACCA Art Bar towards the end of the week.
Melbourne Music Weeks runs from 15 to 24 November.