Music

title: A Presentation to the Board
instrumentation: speaking voice and video
duration: 6 minutes
written in: 2010
text: Alex Temple

A Presentation to the Board is based on a 1957 promo film by Redbook Magazine. I cut up, rearranged and rescored it, and then added a live speaking part, turning what had been a cheerful depiction of suburban life into a shadowy conspiratorial organization’s pitch to a room full of despots.

The music pulls in two contradictory directions — toward cheesy business-presentation Muzak, reflecting the organization’s attempt to put a positive spin on universal surveillance and behavioral control, and toward atonal chamber music that evokes the scores of European arthouse films from the same period, reflecting the surprisingly Antonioni-ish editing of original film.

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Eliza Brown, speaker
Studio recording, 7.2.12
Recorded by Alex Temple

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