Music for One Apartment and Six Drummers: “Playing” Your Abode
By Maria Popova
Last year, we looked at some fantastic experimental music projects sampling sound from the environment. This week, Sampled Room has been making the rounds. So we’ve decided to spotlight what’s easily the most ambitious, elaborate and creative manifestation of this environmental percussion genre: Music for One Apartment and Six Drummers — a brilliant Swedish short film about a group of six crazy percussionists, who invade an apartment and make astounding music with simple household objects.
The film originally premiered at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival and has won over 30 international awards.
So seminal was the short film and so brilliant the concept that it inspired a feature-length film based on the sextet, 2010’s French-Swedish comedy-crime Sound of Noise, written and directed by Ola Simonsson and Johannes Stjärne Nilsson.
The title of the film is based on Italian futurist Luigi Russolo’s 1913 manifesto, The Art of Noises — a work of tremendous historical significance which, while we’re at it, we couldn’t recommend more.
Published February 1, 2011