play loud! (live) music & word series
the archive for film and music


Concept behind the series

The “play loud! (live) music series” is based on three precepts: Alan Lomax‘s work as an archivist and chronicler, John Peel‘s BBC radio sessions, and the work of Direct Cinema pioneers, such as the Maysles Brothers, Leacock, Wildenhahn and Pennebaker. Filming live shows means not doing things TV-style, but in a very personal, intuitive and adventurous manner – nothing is staged for the shoot. You go along with things as they happen. Some of the live performances are filmed with only one camera in one continuous shot and without any edits. Some critics have dubbed it “filmed painting/painted film”.

play loud!’s music films have been called: “raw”, “rough”, “canny”, “straightforward”, “adventurous”, “witty”, “insightful”, “direct”, “non-tricksy”, “economic”, “minimal”, “unpretentious handheld camera work”, "artful film paintings" …

play loud!’s intention is it to create an extensive archive of interesting popular music and culture that includes both, the huge quantity of unreleased filmed material by the filmmakers and also material that comes from other sources. The possibility of streaming films offers the opportunity that fans, investigators, scientists, researchers, journalists and other people interested, have access to the archive and to support the possible use of the material for others. To cover the immense costs of such a private archive, the archived material can be previewed by paying a small fee.

Some of the recordings - if popular demand is strong - will be offered as limited vinyl LPs.

"Shooting live music is the most purely cinematic thing you can do." (Jonathan Demme)


Statement by the filmmakers
The "painted or (re-) corded" film
A text by Dietmar Post & Lucía Palacios

As filmmakers, it is important the performance we film will be recorded unadulterated. At the same time we do select by positioning and framing the camera, i.e. we watch subjectively. In principle we try to edit inside the camera because we would like to show the presentation in its entirety. It is crucial to know that most of the time we only work with one single camera. The camera is not rigidly tied to a tripod because we want to be able to react at any given moment to what is happening within the spontaneous/improvised performance. Consequently our work turns into an active composition during the show. It could be called a form of drawing (in German the term "drawing" inhabits the word "recording") with the camera. As with all spontaneous/improvised art this sometimes works out nicely, other times it fails poorly.
The question that drives us is the question friends or our children at home will ask us: What did you see? Could you tell us? For us it is easy due to the fact that both, visually and aurally , we can (re-) play our direct impression because we had filmed (drawn) and *recorded it (*the word "recorded" in German also inhabits the word "cutting/editing").

001 Floating di Morel
002 Doc Schoko
003 FM Einheit + Irmler
004 Faust
005 Gebrüder Teichmann
006 Christy & Emily
007 Damo Suzuki & Sound Carriers
008 Camera feat. Rother & Moebius
009 Friedman & Liebezeit
010 Lydia Lunch & Philipp Petit
011 Guru Guru
012 Gisela Oberbeck & Limpe Fuchs
013 Limpe Fuchs
014 Die Regierung

 




Damo Suzuki & Sound Carriers: Live at Marie-Antoinette

Catalog #: pl-63
Format: VOD film stream
Year of release: 2017

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Die Regierung: Live in Essen

Catalog #: pl-58
Format: VOD film stream
Year of release: 2015

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Limpe Fuchs: Live at Klangbad

Catalog #: pl-50
Format: VOD film stream
Year of release: 2015

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Gisela Oberbeck & Limpe Fuchs: Animare

Catalog #: pl-49
Format: VOD film stream
Year of release: 2015

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Mani Neumeier: Kunst ist schön, macht aber viel Arbeit

Catalog #: pl-41
Format: VOD film stream & audio download
Year of release: 2014

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Guru Guru: Live at Lido

Catalog #: pl-40
Format: VOD film stream & audio download
Year of release: 2014

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Lydia Lunch + Philippe Petit: Live at Volksbühne

Catalog #: pl-39
Format: VOD film stream & audio download
Year of release: 2013

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FM Einheit + Irmler: Live at Berghain

Catalog #: pl-38
Format: VOD film stream & audio download
Year of release: 2012

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Friedman + Liebezeit: Live at Festsaal Kreuzberg
feat. Elektronik-Produzent Burnt Friedman und CAN-Schlagzeuger Jaki Liebezeit

Catalog #: pl-35
Format: VOD film stream

Year of release: 2013
with free track

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Camera: Live at HBC
feat. Dieter Moebius (Cluster), Michael Rother (NEU!) and Shaun Mulrooney (Admiral Black)

Catalog #: pl-23
Format: film stream & audio download

Year of release: 2012

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Christy & Emily: Live at Klangbad Festival

Catalog #: pl-22
Format: film stream & audio download
Year of release: 2012

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Gebrüder Teichmann: Live at Maria

Catalog #: pl-21
Format:
film stream & audio download
Year of release: 2011

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Doc Schoko: Oktopus im Pentagramm

Catalog #: pl-15
Format: film stream & audio download
Date of release: tba


A Summer Evening with Floating di Morel

Catalog #: pl-12
Format: film stream & audio download
Year of release: 2009

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