except for rhodes and kick drum, everything from Un Homme Qui Dort, a film by Georges Pérec + Bernard Queysanne
i first got introduced to Georges Perec's work through my brother who had been intensely studying his book "La Vie mode d'emploi", and on some occasions, explained the complex structure, writing process, all the different story-lines, etc..
i then read "Espèces d'espaces" myself and i still remember the effect it had on my brain when i understood the whole concept of the book. but more importantly was "Un homme qui dort".
i had a film class where the film adaptation, by bernard queysanne and georges perec, was a possible choice of movie to analyze for the final paper. it got me interested, and so i decided to read the book first.
it's a bit hard to put into words the impact on me. it describes and perfect detail the alienation of a student, who isolates himself and dwells into a void, a state of total indifference. i could relate a bit too easily. the second person narrative might have helped. but still, some passages were a bit too real for me.
and then there was the movie, with it's mesmerizing black and white photography and narration, the peculiar soundtrack almost only consisting of household noises and minimalist sounds, it's breathtaking shots, the translating from book to film adding a whole new and different level... i felt like it was one of those films that only i would enjoy. almost as if it were destined for me to see it.
i did a song that sampled it some months ago. it stayed on my hard drive, and i hardly ever touched it, every time i was just too dissatisfied with it, but didn't know how to improve it. i came back from Lille to Montréal a few weeks ago, and this return made me feel a bit like a stranger again, a weird feeling that made me isolate myself home for a while. it meant at least that i'd be productive musically. so i started this song again from scratch, and well, this is the result of the past few weeks of working intensely on it, and in a way rediscovering my feelings about isolation, indifference and alienation by sampling a movie that expresses them perfectly.