TRACK NINE: song for the untitled from Tommy Becker on Vimeo.
“All things come out of the One and the One out of all things.” – Heraclitus, 500BC
Track Number Nine: song for the untitled | 3min 40sec | DV | 2004
Track Number Nine is a celebration of the unknown. It’s an embrace of the often obscured unity presented to us by the twisting opposites continually untangling in our fragile lives.
video & music: written, recorded, performed and edited by T.Becker| bck voice – E.Becker | 2004 | found film footage from Prelinger Archives
TRACK SEVEN: song for disobedient youth from Tommy Becker on Vimeo.
“Youth cannot know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young.” – J.K. Rowlings
Track Number Seven: song for disobedient youth | 2min 35sec | DV | 2008
It’s a natural response for teenagers to question and react against their cultural conditioning. Song for Disobedient Youth is an exhortation to embrace unfettered joy and chaos before the agonies of adulthood set in. It invites the viewer to momentarily indulge in the fantasy of youthful rebellion, self-discovery, recklessness, love, disregard, dream and contempt that continues to escape us as we are pulled further into the constructs of age and culture.
Written, recorded and edited by T.Becker | 2008 | still images – thank you students | found film footage from Prelinger Archives
TRACK THREE: song for hellos and good-byes from Tommy Becker on Vimeo.
“We die to each other daily. What we know of other people is only our memory of the moments during which we knew them.”
― T.S. Eliot
Track Number Three: song for hellos and goodbyes | 2min 35sec | DV | 2010
This short video poem is dedicated to the fleeting relationships which so often percolate through contemporary life. Song for Hellos and Goodbyes leads viewers through the birth and death of a romantic relationship using the cliché lines of purchased gift cards. Within the script, a second voice emerges to reveal a more authentic picture as the relationship blossoms, sours and disappears.
video & music: written, recorded, performed and edited by TBecker | 2010 | text compiled from a variety of gift cards at the local grocery
TRACK ONE: song for a significant other from Tommy Becker on Vimeo.
“pulling down the sky to give you the sun”
Track Number One: song for a significant other | 1min 50sec | DV | 2005
After piecing together a yellow outfit from second hand stores, the simple act of jumping is turned into a performed act of giving as a figure struggles to transform himself into the sun. Track Number One was a belated birthday present and is a gift to be shared with others, especially the artists who continue to exercise their light and amuse their imaginations.
video & music – written, recorded, performed and edited by T.Becker | 2005
GRAND OPENING @ROULETTE – Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed and John Zorn/GRAND OPENING – COSA BRAVA featuring Fred Frith, Carla Kihlstedt, Zeena Parkins, Matthias Bossi, Shahzad Ismaily, and the Norman Conquest
Sat Sep 17 – 8:00 PM and Sun Sep 18 – 8:00 PM
Three legends of the New York Underground combine forces for an evening of extreme improvised music. “The most important multimedia artist of our time,”(LA Times), Laurie Anderson is best known for her multimedia presentations and musical recordings that have challenged and delighted audiences around the world for more than 30 years. Tonight Anderson teams up with husband Lou Reed – arguably one of the most influential musicians in rock history whose band, the Velvet Underground, redefined the music of the late ’60s. Also joining them tonight is maverick composer/performer and godfather of the Downtown New York scene, John Zorn.