A Ballad of Accounting

Bring to Light Nuit Blanche New York 2011
Sat, 10/01/2011 - 7:15pm

A Ballad of Accounting

Titled after a folk song by Ewan McColl and Peggy Seeger, this 40 minute film documents Alex Waterman’s attempt at filtering out the noise of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway with his cello. Divided into 12 parts, charting 4 times of day and 12 different locations. The film follows Waterman as he tries to harmonize and filter the highway, taking on the leviathan structure with insufficient instrumental means. The result is an incredible ‘tuning’ of the broken road: the BQE is swallowed up by the cello and finally reduced to a distant oceanic roar with delicate harmonics riding its crest.

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recording Ballad of Accounting