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WHAT IS IT? The jazzy sounds of Japanese dance music and the cheesy spirit of Nippon pop mix Western cool with Eastern technology. Laid-back black-and- white sequences sit alongside Manga-style animation and state-of-
HIGHLIGHTS The mellow grooves of United Future Organisation (left) emerge from smokey jazz joints to the street without ruffling those stylish threads; computer-animated superstar Date Kyoko is the world's first Virtual Reality Spice Girl; and two girls — one living forwards, one living backwards — meet with perfect split-screen choreography in Cibo Matto’s Sugar Water.
Loud Minority, Fi/mhouse 3, Edinburgh, Sun 77, 9pm, £6 (£4).
the-art computer-generated imaging.
WHAT IS IT? The nine members of Icelandic collective Gus Gus (above) make up a self-sufficient group of musicians, DJs, filmmakers, actors,
administrators and writers. Earlier this year, 4A0 album Poly/distortion was released to great acclaim — 'a varied slice of electronica which recalls
d W M “i Underworld and Orbital in its
I m m m I f willingness to explore the dancefloor at
; a leisurely pace rather than immediately WHAT IS IT? A collection of the year’s and rriypecztetdly slaanhorcijte th: proirFitr best and an excuse for flag-waving given W35 9 ’5 S COnS' 9'9 OD' '0 - O
Mirrorball, Gus Gus screen and discuss four of their films (all UK premieres), before performing live at a secret location.
HIGHLIGHTS The calming colour co- ordination of pale blues, yellows and greens around the swimming pool setting of ’Believe’.
Gus Gus, GFT 7, Glasgow, Thu 27,
6. 75pm, £6 (£4).
the sheer artistry of the Brits behind and in front of the cameras. Mirrorball in its essence - strong visuals married to fine music.
HIGHLIGHTS Dom & Nick and The Chemical Brothers unearth an anti- establishment rave generation; Jonathan Glazer unnerves us as a car chases a man down a lonely road for 'Karma Police' by Radiohead (right) ; Walter Stern scores a stunning hat-trick with Prodigy’s ’Breathe‘, Massive Attack’s ’Risingson’ and The Verve’s ’Bitter Sweet Syrnphony’ (here in the uncut form you won’t see on TV); and Spike Jonze turns Daft Punk’s ’Da Funk’ into a doggy tale that's like Kafka-goes-slacker. New Work, Fi/mhouse 7, Edinburgh, Tue 79, 4.30pm; Fi/mhouse 3, Edinburgh, Thu 27, 9pm, £6 (£4).
WHAT IS IT? Images of a more experimental nature complement music with a more abstract edge for the likes of Hex, Coldcut, Roni Size (right) and The Aphex Twin. Mirrorball at its most evolved, where sampled sound and vision makes for innovation in all areas.
HIGHLIGHTS lt's Attenborough on acid as Hex and Coldcut present a trilogy of nature documentary samples blending natural world sounds with man-made beats, letting a rhythm emerge from assembled, over-lying footage; and the ever-faithful Spike Jonze analyses discarded shoes in the gutter with a moment of car-stunt mayhem in ’How They Get There‘.
Surface Tension, GFT 7, Glasgow, Sat 76, 77 pm; Fi/mhouse 3, Edinburgh, Wed 20, 9pm, £6 (£4)
so TIIE ust 15-21 Aug 1997