At the movies, lips kiss and violins weep. It's now an accepted cinematic convention that music can emanate from a non-narrative source; syrupy strings can accompany an onscreen embrace, and, despite no visual or verbal reference to a nearby orchestra or a stereo system, this once-surreal juxtaposition startles no one.
Sound is not always swallowed by the moving image. Four short videos from Wynne Greenwood's project Tracy + the Plastics 101 marry sound and image equitably. Layering projections of herself dressed in the various guises of her fictitious bandmates, Greenwood haphazardly sings, injects stray bits of between-song patter, noodles at a keyboard, and, between awkward silences, wonders aloud ("...practice standing next to someone like a lesbian..."). It's like eavesdropping on a witty up-and-coming band waiting in a cramped greenroom as lurid colors—including a deep red that rivals Warhol's masterful 1987 print Red Lenin—and gorgeous shadowy lines bisect and blur each other.
For the Sound and Film Extravaganza (also touted on the hot-pink gig flier as the "Friday the 13th SoundoFilm Extravaganza"), I'm eager to hear local dronemeisters Bonus improvise a soundtrack to the sumptuous hand-painted films of Devon Damonte and Eric Ostrowski. Bonus plan to add the sounds made by four rattling 16mm projectors into their thick stew of heaving, glutinous waveforms. CHRISTOPHER DeLAURENTI
Catch the Sound and Film Extravaganza Fri Jan 13 at Gallery 1412, 1412 18th Ave, 322-1533, 8 pm, $5.
Tracy + the Plastics 101 resumes its run Tues Jan 17 through Sun Feb 12 at Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave, 622-9250, noon–5 pm, free.