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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Sublime Frequencies play off the beaten path

click to enlarge HIDE AND SEEK: A still from'Phi Ta Khon'
  • HIDE AND SEEK: A still from'Phi Ta Khon'

Ask filmmaker Rob Millis why he makes movies and he'll tell you, "I never wanted to be a teacher, but I think people's horizons should always be expanding. It's my childlike wonder more than forcing people to learn." Millis works with a collective of musicians, researchers and travelers known as Sublime Frequencies. The group releases recordings and films from parts of the world that don't typically receive much attention from music journalists — the Middle East, Northern Africa and Southeast Asia.

It's a project famed folklorist Alan Lomax might've pursued if he'd been more of a globe-trotting tramp with a taste for psychedelic music. While Lomax trucked around a carload of recording equipment, the Sublime Frequencies' documentarians often carry it all on their backs. Travelling light leaves Millis and others free to catch rides, take trains and walk trails to track down people and music off the beaten path.

On Sun., March 29, at Eyedrum, Sublime Frequencies screens two films shot throughout Thailand and Southeast Asia, Phi Ta Khon and My Friend Rain. Continue reading "Sublime Frequencies play off the beaten path"

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