"Zabriskie Point (1970) was, by all accounts, the bomb that almost sunk Michelangelo Antonioni's film career, but the pop music soundtrack became famous and the film contained, in the climactic scene with the exploding desert house, the blueprint for subsequent MTV-style music videos, which may or many not be a good thing. But the film had something postively constructive about it, enabling Jerry Garcia of the the Grateful Dead to buy his house in San Francisco – courtesy of the notoriously difficult but temporarily deep-pocketed auteur, who invited "Captain Trips" to fly down to L.A. to improvise some guitar work for the film's so-called Desert Love Scene. Garcia played for several hours while repeatedly viewing the looped version of footage in which members of the Open Theatre simulated sex acts in a manner mild by modern cinematic standards. Pink Floyd were asked to submit musical proposals for the scene, as was the great guitarist John Fahey, who was brought to Cinecitta to record other unused tracks (and who, by his own account, stood up for America and "decked" the communistic director of Blow Up). My own guitar improvisations, performed on acoustic and (sometimes treated) electric guitar, may be considered as late submissions within this venerable tradition of failure, but if the film was to be severely edited some of them might work quite well. — Rodney Graham' text from verso of album cover
An exhibition catalogue meets artist audio work, meets artists' book published to accompany the exhibition "Some Works with Sound Waves, Some Works with Light Waves and Some Other Experimental Works," as the culmination of Graham's year-long residency in Berlin at DAAD. In addition to song lyrics and video stills from performances, the catalog includes essays by Martin Pesch, Susanne Gaensheimer and Dirk Snauwert.