Modern Nature :: Island of Noise (Film)

Jack Cooper’s Modern Nature returns this week with Island of Noise. Since its 2019 inception, the album marks the project’s second official long-player in addition to a string of live recordings, mini-albums and an ep. To accompany the release, Cooper teamed with filmmaker Conan Roberts on an eponymous, 39 minute film. Shot around a small village near Cambridge, the film’s original impetus stemmed from Cooper’s explorations of the area’s surrounding forests and fields. Cooper notes, “one morning in January, I chanced upon a very barren field that was cut in two by a worn path. Standing in line with the path, the trees at the edge of the field cut the horizon in half and everything seemed to fall into place. For a few minutes I stood there appreciating the symmetry. The idea for the film came together on the walk home, as I passed more scenes that struck me as having order amongst the ever shifting chaos.”

Culled from hours of accumulated static footage structured around the original scene, a narrative emerged…

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