L E   F I F A
L E   F I F A
These problems are multiplied by the difficulty I have in front of a tape recorder

These problems are multiplied by the difficulty I have in front of a tape recorder

Steve Bates

Canada | 2022 | 3 min
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Presented only in theatres

Borrowing its title from an interview with American artist Michael Asher, this music video explores the tactile and even sensual qualities of analog magnetic tape recording and sound. The footage is composed of detailed close-ups of the reel-to-reel recorder as it plays back a song from Steve Bates’ latest release, All The Things That Happen (Constellation Records). The introduction plays back an old country & western song that was on one of the tape reels acquired with the recorder from the family of a deceased gentleman living in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Once the video shoot was complete, the reel never worked again.

This film is part of the FIFA EXPERIMENTAL section program PROJECTIONS.
Director Steve Bates
Editing Steve Bates
Camera Steve Bates
Music Steve Bates

In Partnership with


• Université Concordia - J.A. de Sève, LB-125, Pavillon J. W. McConnell
Friday, march 17, 2023, 08:15 p.m. — 10:30 p.m.


Steve Bates

Steve Bates

Steve Bates is an intermedia artist whose work focuses on sound and listening across music, installation, video and performance. After living in Montreal for 16 years, Bates recently moved back to the prairies where he grew up and continues to work nationally and internationally. His work continues to search out the relationship between sound and moving image.

Biographical notes provided by the film production team
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