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Friday, August 26, 2005

Bjørk’s Shark-Jumping Moment

Posted by on August 26 at 15:21 PM

I am generally sympathetic towardif not enthralled witheverything Bjørk has done in her solo career, especially her hiring of Matmos to produce some of her tracks and to play in her live band. But on her new soundtrack to Matthew Barney’s Drawing Restraint 9, she greenlights a track that never should’ve been lasered onto aluminum. I’m talking about “Holographic Entrypoint,” track 9 for your programming displeasure. For 10 minutes of the Barney-written composition, Shonosuke Okura sporadically hits a wood block and chants in Japanese, sounding as if he’s trying to pass a kidney stoneor a strained metaphor. I don’t want to give Gitmo’s alleged torturers any more devious ideas, but they may want to put this track on infinite loop in order to “facilitate” the flow of information from detainees.