Begotten – created, produced, generated, spawned.
The silent cult film called Begotten directed by E.Elias Merhige and released in 1990 starts with God disemboweling himself till he dies. Mother Earth then emerges from his remains, sexually arouses the corpse and inseminates herself with his semen.
The Begotten, the band, creates the live soundtrack to this dark fantasy horror. Or at least it used to. Those that experienced these live events were disturbed in a way they could not explain nor shake off.
The peak of this was a version performed a couple of years ago with the original film recording of the 16mm film. This is where the band made their mistake. They watched this original film. Merhige had experimented with the film reel to give it an old, withered look, this included running the upshot negative through sandpaper before shooting. It was grain, it was beautiful, it was perfect for the film. Alas no digital copy of it can compare and it is only let out at a very high price.
So, this situation has generated a new type of performance. Based upon there original sounds this piece will emerge from the primitive mud to create a whole new experience.
Starts 7.30pm Tuesday 30th October
Courtyard Theatre, Pitfield Street, N1 6EU
Come and be part of it.
This is a very sad blog indeed. Ugly Boy (real name Jeremy Henty), one of the founder members of the Rude Mechanicals, has passed away, I hope to a better world.
Ugly Boy was in the Rude Mechanicals before even I was a member. He bought a drum kit to distract his mind from the state of his Phd. He was an eccentric, a maths genius who got into Cambridge at the tender age of 16. He perhaps could never quite cope with what had been expected of him. I remember him walking down Mill road in Cambridge, in the chefs trousers covered in pictures of knives and forks that he always used to wear, and a naughty grin on his face. I liked that grin.
I wish we had never lost touch, I wish things had ended on a good note, but you never can predict the future and “I’ll contact him tomorrow” will, in the end, fall short.
Below is a very old picture of the Rude Mechanicals, Ugly Boy is the man in the strange pyjama-like outfit. I’ve included the lyrics of a song he wrote for the band underneath. Rest in peace Jeremy.
You’re an ugly little boy
playing in the dirt
your friends are the bugs and the worms
and then there’s me
Oh what fun you have
Foul creatures draw near
and wipe their filthy paws
all vermin is here
because like is attracted to like
Don’t mess up my dress
Earth in my hair
and dew upon my skin
grime beneath my nails
and the ugly little boy
is watching closely
Oh what fun.
by Uglyboy 2001