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Published on Nov 24, 2014
In 1992, Rebecca Barten & I decided to collaborate by making a 16mm film together. Rebecca & I were both making found footage films at the time & I was very preoccupied with the music group that Neil Feather & I had cofounded (with Courtney McCullough as the additional original member), whose name changed every time we played, that was the "Official" group for every occasion: hence, for simplicity's sake, The "Official" Project. I had also recently cofounded a used books, records, etc, store in BalTimOre called Normal's (which still exists). I shot footage of customers in Normal's performing the Official cues that were designed to trigger what we called CAMUs, Cue Activated Modular Units. I had one or two prints of this footage made & gave one set of cue footage to Rebecca. She then intercut it with found footage. I used the other set of cue footage to edit into the "official John Lennon's Erection Homage & Cheese Sandwich" 16mm movie. Later that year, the Official Project went on tour in a quartet version (it was a big band at the time) & Rebecca went with us as the projectionist. When we projected an early unfinished version of the film silently during our tour we sometimes responded to the cues in the movie to trigger our playing. In this version of the film, I've edited the soundtrack to have a tighter connection between the cues & the sounds. I consider this to be the 2nd of my Score Movies where the visuals give specific instructions to musicians about how to play the soundtrack. More information about those instructions can be found in the booklet that accompanies our Official Wafer Face Record. - November 17, 2014 notes from tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE