Multiple SIDosis (YouTube)
This week, I'll be posting three split-screen visualizations of multiple voices and instruments in music.
Multiple SIDosis is a 1970 home movie by amateur filmmaker extraordinaire Sid Lavarents. It is
the only one of the few amateur films to be inducted into the U.S. National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.
A wonderfully playful work with a killer song and a great square sense of humor, the film is, as Ben notes, an "early precursor to quite a common music video style" of showing the different instruments and players (in this case, just Mr. Lavarents in several guises) within their own subframes. It must have been quite difficult to make in pre-digital 1970, especially for an amateur filmmaker. But like all good works, you don't sense the effort; it just feels breezy and jolly and amusing all around.
Sid Laverents, Auteur of Homemade Films, Dies at 100 [New York Times]
A One-Man Band Who Created an Oeuvre [New York Times]
Sid Laverents [Roctober]
Multiple SIDosis [OTHERZINE]
Multiple SIDosis [The San Diego Amateur Moviemakers Club]
Thanks to Ben.