unitxt Short Film: Asleep Amidst Wonder

There aren’t many other places as well-matched for this very simple story to have been located in.  A tired-looking blue-collar type approaches a vending machine in a sleeping Japanese village, only to have voice and music issue instead of refreshment.  What does the fellow do?  Well, the machine intelligence suddenly at play in the bank of vending machines has nothing to do with him, does it?  He looks on, nonplussed, until he can finally get the beverage to dispense.  When it does, he walks back to his truck and drives away. It’s like a scene out of a Murakami novel- an ordinary person in an extraordinary circumstance willfully remains ordinary.

Oh, crushingly abetted modernity.

This is from glitch pioneer and sound artist Carsten Nicolai (Alva Noto) and collaborator and French sound poet Anne-James Chaton, the project issued under the name unitxt in 2008 from Raster-Noton.