MEMF: An eye on electronic music

RealTime

The Melbourne Electronic Music Festival has come up with something visually unique—a film festival celebrating electronic music around the world. Not only that, the festival will feature Midnight in Melbourne, Australia’s first documentary on the local drum and bass scene. Directed by Mark Bakaitis, the 40 minute film features interviews with DJs and promoters, a soundtrack of local and international artists with live performances from local and overseas acts including Grooverider, Optical
and Ed Rush.

Electronic music-based documentaries, film clips and shorts from around the world will be screened at at E2-E4, North Melbourne. The program includes:
Ulkomaat (Foreign Lands), a 4 minute “grey road movie” from a Finnish electronic lo- fi lounge producer and video artist Samuli Alapuranen; Pump up the Volume, a 4-part history of UK house music directed by Carl Hindmarch (120 minutes); S-Crashabout the neighbourhood perils of a rehearsing DJ directed by Melbournians Lindsay Cox and Victor Holder (3 minutes), and the 2 hour Hang the DJ, “a disc-jockumentary” from Canada (directors Marco and Mauro La Villa).

The annual MEMF includes workshops, conferences and exhibitions on arts asso- ciated with electronic music and culminates in a free outdoor event at the week’s end- MEMF Sound Off.

Melbourne Electronic Music Festival: various locations, February 9-16; MEMF Film
Festival, E2-E4, 170 Abbotsford St, Nth Melbourne, Feb 12-14, 9.10pm nightly

RealTime issue #53 Feb-March 2003 pg. 47

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1 February 2003