In follow up to TV On The Radio’s latest LP, Nine Types of Light, the band have released a new feature film of the same name, consisting of ten stitched-together music videos. In a statement about the film, the band said:
“Nine Types of Light is as much an album as it is a movie by TV on the Radio. The movie is meant to be a visual re-imagining of the record, and includes a music video for every song on the album. The band personally asked their friends and the filmmakers they admired to help direct the music videos. Tunde Adebimpe, the director for the full Nine Types of Light movie, storybooked the music videos together with interviews from local New Yorkers on various topics, including dreams, love, fame and the future. Tunde also directed the music video for Forgotten.”
After premiering in New York City this week, the band uploaded the entire film to YouTube, enabling you to watch it from the comfort of your own home.
“After people die, they spend a week with counselors, who help them pick one memory, the only memory they can take to eternity. They describe the memory to the staff who work with a crew to film it and screen it at week’s end; eternity follows.”
Adam Curtis is a documentary film maker who’s recent films for the BBC include The Century of the Self and The Power of Nightmares. His blog is a collection of writings, photographs and films, with some fascinating material from the BBC archives which is used in his films to great effect. Documentaries created from collating and editing this footage looks to create new narratives from these seemingly random or unrelated events. One of the highlights, It Felt Like a Kiss, was produced in collaboration with the theatre company Punchdrunk, an amazing collage of material examining America’s rise to power.