Monday, July 14, 2008

Exotica - Throbbing Gristle

From the 1999 book 'Exotica. Fabricated soundscapes in a real world' by David Toop:

"Pacific (and Pacific-rim) exotica was a tabula rasa for fantasy, both sincere and ironic. The first signs that Martin Denny's exotica was not hermetically sealed and buried came from two very different sources. In 1978, Throbbing Gristle's 20 Jazz Funk Greats included an instrumental track called 'Exotica', an ominous, fugitive vision, like an island glimpsed briefly through sea mist. Perhaps this was the island of Samburan, where Joseph Conrad sent his antihero, Heyst, in Victory. With the benevolent act of saving a damsel in distress, Heyst hoped to escape the world, only to be pursued by an unholy trio of villains, their grimacing, amoral misogynist of a leader greeting Heyst with, 'I am the world itself coming to pay you a visit.'"

Below you'll find a YouTube video of the intriguing 1981 student film 'Mask Of Sarnath'. It was written and directed by Neil Ruttenberg - employee at Inner Sanctum Records, musician, radio deejay, sciptwriter and filmmaker. The film, a 20-minute horror film that was a finalist in the Student Academy Awards, has a soundtrack provided by Throbbing Gristle.

1 comment:

losfeld said...

Thanks for linking to 'Mask Of Sarnath', it's a great short movie i'd never heard of