Nothing New (working title)


Nothing New is a work in progress (currently in post production) for an experimental hybrid documentary that follows the experimental noise group ‘NOTHING NEW’ as they road trip through Italy and Switzerland. 




NOTHING NEW is a nomadic art collective negotiating experimental sound and social performance. Using light, presence, action, technology and sound they create site-specific situations to push the limits of contemporary listening culture.

The instruments they use (includes the piano, the gramophone, the harmonium, the voice, the electric guitar, and mobile devices) become signifiers referencing the history of listening culture. Noise becomes the all-encompassing symbol of the now, and the performers and audience grow into a network of transmitters and receivers.

'Nothing New’ is ultimately an experimental endeavour, for now, it could basically be labelled as a kind of ambient / ambivalent (world) noise music that meets Grainfield, a web-based application used to play through the audience’s smartphones via wifi, turning them into speakers as well as instruments, and turning the audience into active participants and in a sense co-creators of the live experience. 'GrainField' was designed by Benjamin Matuszewski and Norbert Schnell as part of the CoSiMa research project developed at the IRCAM, Center Pompidou Paris.

The documentary follows them on their journey in a run and gun style, as we get to know them better. It blurs the lines by moving from observing to sometimes participating or collaborating with the group. Ultimately while the group explores contemporary listening culture, the film candidly attempts to capture that energy and paint a portrait of the group and the individuals in it.





'NOTHING NEW’ is ultimately an experimental endeavour, for now, it could basically be labelled as a kind of ambient / ambivalent (world) noise music meets ‘GrainField’: a web-based application which uses wifi to turn the audience’s smartphones into speakers as well as instruments, turning the audience into active participants and in a sense co-creators of the live experience.

'GrainField' was designed by Benjamin Matuszewski and Norbert Schnell as part of the CoSiMa research project developed at the IRCAM, Center Pompidou Paris.