WHPK’s annual Pictures & Sounds festival is taking place on Saturday at the University of Chicago’s Film Studies Center. The program, which gathers electronic sound artists to perform live scores to films of their choosing, boasts an impressive lineup this year: it’s headlined by John Wiese, an LA-based electronic noisemaker who frequently collaborates and tours with post-industrial noise monsters Wolf Eyes and ambient-doom duo SunnO))). The rest of the lineup is rounded out by Milwaukee’s Peter J Woods and local experimental mainstays Bil Vermette and Jason Soliday.
The artists’ film choices were announced this morning: Wiese will be scoring 1983’s Animales Racionales, Woods will be playing along with a piece called Neil’s Slobbering Face, Vermette will be creating sounds for the nature documentary Over Hawaii, and Soliday will be collaborating with local filmmaker Frank Pollard. This should be quite the stimulating event, especially Wiese’s set, which will mesh his bleak, harsh compositions with the controversial and depraved imagery of Animales Racionales.
Pictures & Sounds is free and starts at 8 PM.