Boomkat Product Review:
**First release of Phill Niblock's video piece 'T H I R' (1972). 90 minute DVD includes original single-screen work, and new soundtrack version plus extensive liner notes and essays**
Von Archive present the historically-important DVD versions of Phill Niblock's major film work ' Ten Hundred Inch Radii' completed in 1972 as the fourth and final instalment in his 'Environments' cycle which started in 1968.
The original film, composed of thirty discrete static shots of nature recorded in the Adirondack Mountains of north New York state and each lasting over a minute, was projected in three frames divided across one 36 foot wide screen and featured playback of Niblock's music accompanied by live dance.
This DVD features an abbreviated, single-screen version of 'T H I R' with the original soundtrack - an hypnotic and truly enchanting piece of audio-visual synchronicity - backed by the same visual sequence augmented by a new, previously unreleased version of the soundtrack.
Whilst the richly patterned visual element consists of a timeless quality in both versions, the music is tangibly sweeter and pastoral in the original, whereas the new mix feels denser, pensive and abstract, yet it perhaps better mirrors the saturated colours and movement of the imagery in a metaphysical manner recalling the meditative shots of nature in Tarkovsky's 'Stalker' among others.