Volume 92, Issue 24

Friday, October 16, 1998

arresting developments


Slashing through the silence

By Myles DeRosse
Gazette Staff

"If asked, most people will say they don't like silent movies because they're black and white," philosophizes entertainer Nash the Slash. "But really, if you pick apart their brains, often it will be they don't like the movies because the music sucks."

Nash the Slash performs his own soundtracks, synchronized to silent movies, with backing tapes and a variety of visual effects, ranging from old film clips to clips of psychedelic light shows.

"The visuals range from the sublime to the repulsive and the music accompanies these images," Nash explains. When performing, Nash's face is covered in bandages and he wears a hat and sunglasses – reminiscent of the invisible man.

"The bandages have been a stage image of mine since I started – as a performance or theatrical device because I use a lot of projection lighting," Nash continues. "I like the idea of the performer being anonymous and blending into the stage, as opposed to being the key factor on it."

Currently, Nash is performing two films – The Lost World, the original American dinosaur movie from 1925 and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, a German expressionist film from 1919.

To describe Nash's interpretation of Dr. Caligari as eclectic is an understatement. "It's fairly orchestral with a semi-classical feel to it," Nash says. "In terms of my own style, it has added electronic characteristics to the score." This rendition is more contemporary than The Lost World. "It has dinosaur stop-motion animation as well as volcanos exploding and all kinds of other stuff."

Nash also performs musical sets at either ends of his performance. "My music is the typical 'Nash Thrash' the old Nash fans are used to," he says of his work, once described as punk-classical. "This is not pop music. This is music that has a particular dynamic intensity to it you don't find in a typical rock show," Nash confirms.

Nash the Slash will be wowing audiences on campus this Friday and Saturday night at the Grad Club. Along with his silent film and sets of music, he will also be playing an excerpt from his work in progress, Nosferatu. As far as the show, he insists it attracts all shapes and sizes.

"Age is irrelevant," Nash says. "Let's just say this show is intended for mature audiences only. This is not a rock show, this is an art show that rocks. That may sound pretentious, but that's truly what it is."

To Contact The Arts and Entertainment Department: gazette.entertainment@julian.uwo.ca

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