Necesidades[NON-US FORMAT, PAL]
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(Apr 23, 2007)
Necesidades is a music and video art performance composed and created by Hans Timmermans, also known under the name of his solo music project Budha Building. Necesidades is all about the contradictions in our needs. The search for recognition but also the drive to be unique, is an example of such a contradiction. Pressure, chaos and stress are the opposites of relaxation, rest and awareness. The inspiration for the performance comes from the movies of Ron Fricke and Godfrey Reggio. They were the founders of 70mm films like Baraka, the Qatsi trilogie and Anima Mundi. Necesidades was filmed on a camcorder during journey from Moscow tot Tokyo.
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First, the physical quality of the DVD is very poor, enough that it only plays on one of my DVD players. The disk has that purple hue to the data side that makes me wonder who's basement this was pressed in. Spelling errors on the jacket only further the cheapness of the DVD (and not the good kind of cheapness Frank Zappa talks about). I guess I should be happy the the label isn't falling off.
A person reading this review is probably a fan of better films in this genre: Koyaanisqatzi, Baraka, Chronos, etc ... Fantastic imagery with a complementary soundtrack that is good enough to stand on it's own. In Necesidades, there's very little that's musically interesting going on here. Cheesy keyboard effects over a dance track that does nothing to enhance or even co-ordinate with the images shown, anymore than with the chapter/song titles.
The DVD description goes on about "contradictions in our needs", citing "pressure, chaos, and stress" as opposites to "relaxation, rest, and awareness". Pure dribble, which appears nowhere in this film other than on the back of the CD. Well, perhaps chaos, but not by intent as far as I can see.
My recommendation is to save your money, find some ambient soundtrack that you really like, and so and shoot your own film. If you have anything remotely interesting to record, you'll probably do better than was done here.
Great saxophone though, Mete Erker.
It seems like a nice video diary and would be nice for memories of a trip. but to sell this seems strange.