Why Are You Making All That Noise? The Nihilist Spasm Band

Don Alexander

2000, 32:00 minutes, colour, English


Why Are You Making All That Noise? is a story of contemporaries (including Greg Curnoe, John B. Boyle, Murray Favro and Dennis Tourbin) who in 1965 formed the Nihilist Spasm Band. Their story encompasses thirty five years of art and performance. Don Alexander introduces a video style that reflects the band's abandon of the disciplines of time and genre.
Part a history of art in the last third of the 20th century, and a part a biography of the video maker as he moves through Ontario, living in several places where the band performed and influenced the local communities. Above all, the fun that band members have in their "nihilistic" performance informs the style and content of the programme.
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