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
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
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