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Instant But Distant - Soundtrack & Excerpts

by Shane Berry & Igor Simic

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Words: Instant but distant In touch out of touch (x2) Blue lights falls onto your thighs Digital dopamine in your eyes Drugs for unhappy souls get the hype Stocks grow from your online life Vanity is longing turned into clicks (x2)
Words: You check your email on your iPhone You feel emotions e-cigs, e-moji, e-sex, in this e-ra of e-commerce From E to I to me me me Seemingly so free Truth is never trending This isn't post truth Just multitude The levelling of souls To meet Zuck's, Jeff's and Mao's goals All go click click Self medicate to feel sick All go like like like Extinguish desire to fight A swarm of memes spread Herds of users feel dead Panama papers, other leaks, Work, entertain, be jealous, sleep... Digidopamine... ZZZ...
Words: Pharrel says be happy, I don't wanna be happy, Joy is in self-sacrifice. The internet says be woke, I don't wanna be woke, I demand cosmic justice. The music says have fun, I don't wanna have fun, I have a calling. Soap ads talk self-love, I don't want self love, It's true love or nothing. Silicon valley invests in speed, I don't need speed, The new thing is survival. The wealthy have it easy, I don't want it easy, Struggle makes me hard. The news is all double-talk, I don't wanna double-talk, I wanna walk the walk. Screens give proxy pleasure, I don't wanna proxy pleasure, Give me aging flesh. The phone pushes emojis, I don't want emojis, Give me sincerity.


"Instant But Distant" is the soundtrack to a 15 minute single-take performance art film In collaboration with artist and filmmaker Igor Simic.

In the film, a series of drawings and mixed media images are placed into view by hand. The images play with internet culture and handwritten, material note-taking on immaterial, digital images, inspired by Duchamp’s extensive photocopied notes.

The soundtrack is comprised of a collection of spoken word poems, field recordings, found sounds, and onomatopoeia recorded and performed by Igor Simic on his mobile phone during the May 2020 Covid lockdown in Belgrade, Serbia, and then forwarded to me.

These "organic", emergent sounds are then anchored and enhanced with electronic elements such as drum loops and synthetic bass lines and then interconnected by having certain elements crossover and blend from one section into the next, creating a shifting continuity that matches the moving images and the ideas within them.


released January 25, 2021

Shane Berry (Music)
Igor Simic (Words and Concept)


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Shane Berry Tokyo, Japan

Shane is an electronic music composer and sound designer creating audio content for short films and games.

He is an accomplished producer and recording artist with music released on labels such as Trapez, Ministry of Sound, Kompakt, Sinewave NYC, and Greta Cottage Workshop.

Shane is currently based in Belgrade, Serbia as Audio Director for the award-winning Demagog Studio.
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