Cameo Cinema, Edinburgh, Saturday August 23 2008
Missing Twin is the publishing empire of cartoon genius Malcy Duff. Alongside geek-soul brother and mastermind of Giant Tank’s adventures in events, Ali Robertson, Duff makes up premier lo-fi fidgets, Usurper. Taking full advantage of a room going spare now the Film Festival’s moved June-wards, this popcorn-friendly triple feature of late-night wow-and-splutter sees the lip of the Cameo stage show-casing an Eisensteinian cut-up of sound and vision.
Usurper themselves provide the opening funnies, as their increasingly artful exercises in toy-box scritch-n-scratch, here set to projections of Duff’s equally oddball art-works, are the next stage on from sound poet Bob Cobbing and post-Python pranksters The Bohman Brothers. Open Eye Duo who follow are a strictly B-movie deconstruction of floor-Tom and guitar via gaffa tape interventions.
Tonight’s main feature even has a disaster movie name. Towering Breaker work up a duet of pounding vibraphone minimalism to sensurround proportions. What’s fascinating is how the sound translates in a dead acoustic designed for film rather than assaulted by black box echo. Like glorified Foley artists providing Dolby-scale sound effects for slapstick Snuff, this particular brat-pack are the real deal.
The List, September 2008