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Tasman Richardson

"Basement Boy Hardcore" DVD


Genres: hardcore techno, multimedia

393 Harbord St. Unit #1
Toronto, Ontario, M6G 1J1

Oct 4 - 10 2004

Basement Boy Hardcore is a DVD collecting seven multimedia works by self-proclaimed recluse Tasman Richardson.  His work is dark and disturbing, comprised of eerie images rapidly flashing in rhythm with unconventional, sample-based hardcore beats.

The collection begins with "Vader Lives," a black-and-white video that cuts up Star Wars scenes (including, most prominently, a mug shot of Vader) in time with music assembled from various sounds and effects from the movie.  The formula works well, and the video comes off as a slick and undeniably cool work of multimedia art.  "And They Shall Know Us by the Trail of Kung Fu" and "Distro My Tokyo" do the same with kung fu films and anime, respectively.  However, the real chaos comes in the form of "Blackest Sabbath" and "Delete Yourself."  The former uses various scary images (Black Sabbath live footage, anti-drug videos, horror film absurdity) to produce a downright frightening collage, but the societal commentary of "Delete Yourself" takes the cake.  In it, we are subjected to profuse clips of videogame murders, hinting at how detached we've become to the hideousness we witness in popular media.  The music is quite fitting, with gunshot beats and awful screams of pain forming the track's backbone.

Basement Boy Hardcore is a recommended release, but approach it with caution - as cool as it looks, its contents can be downright disturbing.


NOTES: Includes two bonus videos.  Limited to 500 copies.

Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 7 videos, distributed by the label, released 2004]