Yo La Tengo’s The Sounds of the Sounds of Science @ Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NYC | pics
“The Sounds of the Sounds of Science features 78 minutes of instrumental music by Yo La Tengo. The CD contains the entire score written and performed by the band to accompany eight legendary but rarely-seen undersea documentary shorts by influential French avant-garde filmmaker Jean Painleve. Yo La Tengo’s score, originally debuted on stage at the San Francisco Film Festival in April 2001 with the band providing live accompaniment to the films….” [Yo La Tengo]
Yo La Tengo recreated the show last night (July 13, 2006) in Prospect Park to a massive Brooklyn crowd. People just seem to come out of the wordwork when the ticket price is FREE. I couldn’t even see Yo La Tengo from where I was sitting and my view of the screen was often blocked by the many people constantly walking around (not their fault). Add tons of people talking through the whole thing (their fault), and this show should have been a disaster – but by the second or third song all the distractions faded to the background and I just enjoyed the seemingly perfectly timed “trippy”, sometimes exciting, sometimes humorous, live music playing to (often dirty) images of jellyfish, sea horses, shrimp, and octopi. Qbertplaya had a much better seat.