john travolta standing behind a projector in a projection booth.

On Screen/Sound: No. 7

Kou Matsuo / Brian de Palma / Deborah Stratman
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 7PM
Concert Hall

Footsteps, the screech of car tires, a gunshot—these events, devoid of their identifiable sounds, would render their image nearly powerless. It is the unity of these elements that binds them together and gives them visceral effect. The seventh screening in the On Screen/Sound series examines the influence of Foley and sound effects on moving image.

Creeping tension is defused by the banality of production in Deborah Stratman’s Hacked Circuit, while the hyperactive, fantastical sounds of magic highlight the otherworldliness of an episode of Kou Matsuo's Japanese anime Yozakura Quartet: Hana no Uta.

The feature film of the evening, Brian de Palma’s Blow Out, a sonic response to Michelangelo Antonioni’s classic Blowup, finds a movie sound-effects engineer (John Travolta) in the wrong place at the wrong time as he unwittingly records the sound of a murder and is drawn into a web of intrigue. Hacked Circuit will be introduced by Chicago-based filmmaker Deborah Stratman.


  • Hacked Circuit (2012)
  • Deborah Stratman
  • Yozakura Quartet: Hana no Uta - No. 7 (2013)
  • Kou Matsuo
  • Blow Out (1981)
  • Brian de Palma

Main Image: Film still from Blow Out, Brian de Palma (1981). Courtesy Swank.


Dates + Tickets

Time-Based Visual Art
On Screen/Sound: No. 7
Kou Matsuo / Brian de Palma / Deborah Stratman
Wednesday 18
7:00 PM
November 2015
As part of


Production Credits

Courtesy the artists, and Swank Motion Pictures.