Tinnitus

  • 91'
  • Russia
  • 2019

A person suffering from tinnitus hears continuous sounds even though no source is present. This varies from humming to buzzing, whistling or hissing. In some cases it leads to depression, madness and even suicide. Composer John Duncan, who after breaking up with a lover created sound art consisting of him having sex with a dead body, called the affliction 'my permanent private concert'.

Duncan is a central figure in the world of musician Evgeny Voronovski and journalist/music lover Dmitri Vasilijev, who discuss the alternative Russian music scene of the 1990s and 2000s in Tinnitus. Electronic noise is often amplified close to the threshold of pain and death is never far away in the lyrics. Many makers are no longer alive. A visit to their graves and a subsequent gig in woods that are supposedly home to mysterious forces underline the pitch-black outlook of a post-USSR generation who captured romance and nihilism in an all-devouring sound.

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Director
Daniil Zinchenko
Country of production
Russia
Production Year
2019
Festival Edition
IFFR 2020
Length
91'
Medium
Digital
Languages
Russian, English
Producer
Alexander Starikov
Production Company
Cosmosfilm
Sales
Cosmosfilm
Cinematography
Tikhon Pendyurin
Editor
Tikhon Pendyurin
Production Design
Daria Khutskaya
Sound Design
Rustam Medov
Music
John Duncan