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.