Nemo from Rob Tyler • vcr100 on Vimeo.

A dreamy and though-provoking portrait of counterculture philosopher and performance artist Fred Nemo, legendary for being “The Dancer” for the band Hazel (’90s Sub Pop stars from Portland, Oregon). Process-intensive analog film techniques, literary references and provocative performances conspire to shine a flickering light on this enigmatic character.

I was one of several musicians who contributed music to this project. I also recorded the interview audio.

Using guitar, vibraphone, cello and drums, I created a frenetic, heavy piece that would substitute for the source audio and connect a montage of vintage clips showing the subject’s improvisational work with Hazel (beginning at 5:15)