Eomac is an extraordinarily talented musician/producer/DJ/bloody nice guy from Dublin. His debut album Spectre (Killekill) was one of the best releases of 2014 and, unsurprisingly, his music has gained plaudits and support from the likes of Thom Yorke and Aphex Twin. I’ve been a great admirer of his music for ages so I was delighted when, after only 4 days of captivity inside the boot of my Ford Focus, he happily agreed to remix not one, but two tracks from Practical. Genetic is the first of these remixes and, together with his remix of Practical Man, is bundled as a bonus track with a purchase of Practical from Bandcamp.
I’ve also made (or remade) a video for Eomac’s remix, itself a remix of the short film Necrology by the late Standish Lawder (1936-2014). The dark humour and simplicity of Lawder’s film really appeal to me.
The original film is below. It’s also on the National Film Preservation Foundation DVD: Treasures IV: American Avant-Garde Film, 1947-1986, which is available here.
““Necrology” (1970) is still among the most haunting avant-garde films I’ve ever seen, even though it’s also one of the simplest (and at times the funniest). Just by taking grainy black-and-white footage of New Yorkers on an escalator, and running it backwards in slow motion —with melodramatic music playing in the background—Lawder created a striking record of people on the go, which doubles as an impressionistic vision of beaten-down souls ascending into heaven” – Paul Murray