Noisy Desperation

Cutting sound. As long as I’ve been doing this, it seems as though audio still sneaks up on me. It’s not like I don’t like sound, I love sound. I’m listening to sound right now. I think sometimes I tend to get over-preoccupied with the visuals of my projects and I’m guilty of putting the sound design off until the last minute. I know this is wrong; audio should never be an afterthought. Fortunately, Soundtrack Pro has a significantly more forgiving learning curve than did ProTools. In the meantime, here’s another one of those poster-things…

Nub by The Jesus Lizard

This is a showcase for the rhythm section; drummer Mac McNeilly and bassist David Wm. Sims, create a thick, foreboding groove for Duane Denison to lay down his seething guitar slides… and the vocals of David Yow, which have always resembled the rantings of that sketchy, homeless guy with whom you inevitably share the last subway car. As a widescreen, Morricone-on-PCP riff, this is obviously a chase movie, probably across the barren scrubland of West Texas, but also a revenge fantasy. A nasty piece of business, as the Brits are fond of saying.

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