Music and Photography: by Neurotic Mass Movement

I’m asking one question to a few musicians who eventually inspired me on some of my works:

– I often get inspired not only in literature but also in music, from jazz to classic, hip hop to electronic, house to techno. There are now some musicians who invited great photographers to direct their video clips as well. Music and art photography have been going along quite well. My own photography as been made covers of some albums.
As a musician yourself, did you ever find inspiration in Art Photography like we do in music? Any art photographer that you might have in mind right now?

The first one to answer was Neurotic Mass Movement, who used one of my photographs as cover to one of their musics: Tragic Machine.
(click on the cover – next image -, to listen to NMM while reading this post)

Tragic Machine, by Neurotic Mass Movement. Cover by Gonzalo Bénard

Cover by Gonzalo Bénard

NEUROTIC MASS MOVEMENT from its inception has had a wildly, out of control penchant for the visual art. Its an ongoing Cupid and Psyche, Bonnie & Clyde, David & Goliath, love affair with photography and film. Essentially what we’re trying to say is that it’s a constant battle to seperate the visual from the music, both are equally important to our creativity. Photography informs and often dictates a mood, sensation and if you will sexuality to what we do. We fetishise photography and have never felt that photography is a dying art form, it’s been a constant form of inspiration for us. In the making of our upcoming album and EP, we used randomly selected photographs as cue-cards to dictate song titles, lyrics and the songwriting in much of the record. We have been using this method for awhile now, It can be a challenging process but we find that this method of working keeps the music that we make fresh and not predictable. We’ve always had one rule to never repeat ourselves musically. We have no preciousness about photographic technique or kudos of named photographers. We feel things on a very gut level but we also have nurtured a distinct aesthetic sensibility. It’s curious that we’ve often been asked why we use photography so much on our virtual sites, but as mentioned before we have no messianic or post-modern agenda, it just seemed very natural and symbiotic. We feel the same way about film and at some point we will start making our own short films. Our EP will be released in a format where the visual is as prominent as the music. We truly have embraced the digital age and the possibilities with which that brings as creative artists. The record should not just be looked at and listened to but experienced. While we were making our record we had this idea that what if ,all human life ceased to exist and one of the only things that was found was our EP ” SURVIVAL KIT FOR NON-BELIEVERS”, with that scenario in mind we felt we have a responsibility to document our creative existence not just in music but in a multimedia format commentating and archiving late modernist life as we see it. You must forgive us Gonzalo Bénard for being so nepotistic, but we truly love and admire your work. Amongst a host of photographers from the past and working now, we particularly like Ren Hang, Miwa Yanagi, Alexander Sterzel, Wolfgang Tilmans and Ryan McGinley etc etc.

Self-fish, by ©GBénard

Self-fish, by ©GBénard

so here we are: thank you David and Yin!
And don’t forgt to follow Neurotic Mass Movement on FB, BandCamp and twitter.

by Ren Hang

by Ren Hang

by Ren Hang

by Ren Hang

by Miwa Yanagi

by Miwa Yanagi

by Miwa Yanagi

by Miwa Yanagi

by Alexander Sterzel

by Alexander Sterzel

by Alexander Sterzel

by Alexander Sterzel

Susanne with Lutz and  Alex with Lutz, by Wolfgang Tillmans

Susanne with Lutz and Alex with Lutz, by Wolfgang Tillmans

by Wolfgang Tillmans 1994

by Wolfgang Tillmans 1994

Ivan, by Ryan Mcginley

Ivan, by Ryan Mcginley

Baby Porcupine, by Ryan Mcginley

Baby Porcupine, by Ryan Mcginley

Conversations Around the Table #22, 2012, by ©Gonzalo Bénard

Conversations Around the Table #22, by ©Gonzalo Bénard

A Self Dinner, by ©GonzaloBénard

A Self Dinner, by ©GonzaloBénard

Some essays that made 2013 in 2HeadS:

Oneness
Un Soir Place de la Bastille;
The Self, the Mirror, our Shadow and its Fear;
How to Cook Humans;
The Hard Softness (NSFW);

The Awakening of the Self;
An Interview With The Incredible Photographer Gonzalo Benard for MutantSpace;
Pain should never be an excuse, but a tool for you to create with;
B Shot by a Stranger: Beyond Loneliness
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Bringing the Taboo to Beauty

January, 2014 by ©Gonzalo Bénard for 2HeadS
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