Watch a trailer for The World Underground: Episode 2
Episode 2 follows Beijing based musicians GUIGUISUISUI (Dann Gaymer) and Noise Arcade (Michael Cupoli) on tour in Japan, Korea, and Northeast China. This is a film about the people you meet along the way. The endless sounds that now, can never be unheard. Noise meeting deep quiet, and confusion meeting exhaustion. An attempt to capture a three week trek through some of the most beautifully bewildering, drunken, noise-drenched landscapes on earth. To me, it's always surprising just how much can be shared without language. An inability to speak with traditional language can still bring powerful bonds. As technology continues to grow, so shall this. Alongside the Korea based media outlet Aweh, our goal was to align ourselves with as many local artists as possible, and see what stories came naturally. From Busan, to Osaka, take all these sounds and stories that stuck to us over the weeks, and bottle it into 90 minutes. I really think you'll enjoy it.
This film features performances, footage, and interviews by :
Noise Arcade (China)
Nice Legs (Korea)
Yamagata Tweakster (Korea)
East Guinness Crew (Korea)
Drinking Boys & Girls Choir (Korea)
Say Sue Me (Korea)
Bellbottom from 80's (Japan)
Ninja Man (Japan)
Tero Tero (Japan)
Blond New Half (Japan)
Psychedelic Desert (Japan)
Komai Satoshi & Cyappie (Japan)
Punk Disco (Japan)
Elephant Noiz Kashimashi (Japan)
Darklaw & Facial Mess (Japan)
Your Pest Band (Japan)
It will include many others. As with the first episode, the films page will include exhaustive details on all artists, people, and places featured in the film.
This film isn't an attempt to provide any sort of objective documentation of the people, places, or artists we discovered on our journey. It's not even meant to be a reflection of reality. It's simply a story we've chosen to share. Take from it what you will.
If all goes as planned, this will be released in Summer 2017. Keep an eye on our social media. In two weeks, I'll once again go on tour with Beijing's legendary P.K.14, so there will be stories daily.
Thanks so much for continuing to support this project. It means the world to me.
Sound Design by Dereck Blackburn of Quiethouse Recording
Film, photography, editing, and sound recording by John Yingling
Additional footage by Julia Pentelute