Theo Loevendie
Pierre Bismuth
Strawberry Frog



The work of Pierre Bismuth is perfectly clear. As usual, he starts with found material, creating new meaning through unexpected combinations. For Loud & Clear he chose the image of a Dutch windmill. To the rhythm of Theo Loevendie's violent sounds, chunks of the score are superimposed over the picture postcard like the rolls of a barrel organ. These blocks also function as a sort of curtain. The more black there is, the more the curtain is drawn shut and the picture of the windmill disappears.
Loevendie's piece is extremely short. The fairly sharp sound of the harpsichord and the snare drum produce in no time the feeling of climax upon climax. Bismuth was so overwhelmed by the music that he has included it almost literally in his contribution. He even gave his work the subtitle 'a study to the music of Theo Loevendie'.
Strawberry Frog allowed themselves a lot more liberties. Capitalising on the picturesque quality of Bismuth's image, they made a film with an absurd twist. A dear-looking elderly woman is walking through touristic Amsterdam; the music only begins when she enters a house and, completely unexpectedly, starts shooting Bismuth's postcard to shreds. Strawberry Frog were inspired by Bismuth to make a story of their own and used the music only where the line of the narrative permitted it.