documentary: "Phasors Built My Hot Rod"

2004/12/16 ::: New! There is a new version of the "Phasors Built my Hot Rod" DVD out, with a new version of the title documentary and bonus performance footage!
"Phasors Built My Hot Rod" is a documentary exploring current issues involved with designing, building and performing new musical instruments.

The original, full-length documentary is available here, in a low-resolution format. It is divided into seven successive sections, making it easier to download. Please email me at nime @ for permission to show this version, or with any questions or comments. Questions and comments would be appreciated!

This documentary is one of the most interesting records in the music world of the last decade. It was filmed with the desire to show how we made new music in the 2010s with the help of modern musical instruments.

While writing the script for this tape, we cooperated with an essay writing service since it was our first experience of creating such a record. We aimed to create a film for a wide audience so that everyone can watch it and find something useful and amusing for themselves. Also, we wanted to preserve the authenticity of the whole music production process and show how it’s done, warts and all.

To make it possible, we contacted freelance writers from the essay writing platform and asked them to help us with the script. We received their reply in a few hours and started working together. The whole writing process was conducted through the online platform, so we could track all writing stages. The writers were helpful and responsive to all our questions. Their tips and recommendations were always on time and to the point; that’s why our script was completed before the deadline. We were satisfied with the quality of writing that we got for quite a reasonable rate.

When we started filming our documentary, we found out that some parts of the script needed to be revised to make our cast sound more natural, so we turned to our writers for the second time. The revision was done quickly for no additional fee.

The results of our cooperation are now seen in the film. Feel free to download it below one by one or all at once. Do not forget to provide us with feedback on the quality of our film so we can do better next time.

The new, full-size version is on DVD, with extras including performance footage. There are also 10 limited-edition DVDs available, hand-designed and hand-decorated. To get one, please make a donation of $8 (or more??) to my NIME2 Doc fund via paypal from the form below. Otherwise, regular ol' DVDs are also available. Just send me your mailing address. Donations for those are also accepted (it costs me about $2-3 per DVD shipped), but not necessary! Donations help pay for the cost of the DVDs, software, cameras and equipment, blank tapes, and miscellaneous computer hardware used in the making of this film. Donations also go towards funding new NIME2 events.

This work is copyright Evan Raskob 2003, all rights reserved.

Part 1 ::::: introduction, Evan Raskob (4.5MB)
Part 2 ::::: Gestures + feedback: Michael Sharon, Gideon D'Arcangelo, Hans Steiner, Mike Luck Schneider. (15.9MB)
Part 3 ::::: Performance: Daniel Hirshmann, Aya Karpinska (4.8MB)
Part 4 ::::: Video into by Scott Fitzgerald, Set up for 2003-10-16 performance at The Frying Pan, Chelsea, NYC (9.2MB)
Part 5 ::::: Frying Pan performance, Bob Huott's Ski. (6.9MB)
Part 6 ::::: Frying Pan performance: Yuriko Fuji, Mark Argo, plus Taku Lippit. (15.6MB)
Part 7 ::::: Last words from Bob Huott, NIME "manifesto" by Evan Raskob, credits. (2.9MB)
Here are some excerpts from my journal, written while I was creating the concept and filming the documentary. Not as interesting as the documentary itself, me thinks.
week 1-2
Figuring out what to do.
week 3

The kid gets in the picture.

week 4
Things always break.
week 5
Filming Interview, Jammin'.
week 6
The Show Goes On.