When you think someone is a genius, and then she asks you to collaborate with her, it’s a real high—a huge compliment and a terrifying dare. Years ago Cecilia Dougherty asked me to help her with the sound for her 2001 video Gone, a piece based on the 1970s PBS documentary series An American Family. She used the Le Tigre song “My My Metrocard” in the soundtrack (later this passage of her video was projected behind us when we performed the song live), and I recorded some original music and sounds for her. I used an MPC 60 and an 8-track in the Le Tigre sub-basement practice space on Mott Street and bounced the mixes to DAT tapes. I still have a cookie tin on a high shelf full of those tapes with labels like “Pat’s Theme” and “Fake Park Noises II.” Gone will be screened with more of Cecilia’s brilliant videos at Anthology Film Archives on April 20th. A conversation with another great person will follow: Ed Halter.
Cecilia is a Seagull Salon VIP.
Zippermouth author Laurie Weeks stars in Gone as Lance.