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Review by Chris Hughes | posted January 15, 2000 | E-mail the Author
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Features: Tracks Include: 1) Visit the studio while 311 record their new album. Watch two additional tracks with 311 talking about Soundsystem and tattoos. 2) Have a cup of tea with CIBO MATTO and view their live performance from Austin, TX. Part 1: Live perf.; Part 2: Interview with Yuka Honda and Miho Hatori. 3) MOBY takes a sightseeing tour of Hollywood while being interviewed by the van driver about his life, career, latest album. Alternate track with "Run On" music video. 4) An exclusive multi-track performance from THE FLAMING LIPS, plus a bonus song from their 4-CD opus Zaireeka. 5) An excerpt from Meeting People is Easy, a documentary about RADIOHEAD - plus an interview with director Grant Gee. 6) Go shopping on Melrose with rapper KOOL KEITH. 7) New music videos from UNDERWORLD and STYLES OF BEYOND 8) ALSO: An excerpt from a new documentary about PAUL WESTERBERG, with an additional interview track, a live performance by MERCURY REV and an additional track of them thrifting in Austin, virtual aquatic pets and more

The Movie:
If you've seen any of the Short Cinema Journal discs then you know what to expect from the Circuit Music series. Circuit Music is a DVD magazine focused on current popular and avant-garde musicians. Each disc is filled with interviews, music videos, alternate video tracks and more. This is the third volume in the ongoing series and it features segments on 311, Flaming Lips, Radiohead and Cibo Matto. Volume three seems a little less unified thematically than earlier Circuit Music titles but has plenty of interesting content to dig through and much better looking menus than its predecessors.

The Picture:
The disc is a compilation of video content from many sources so the quality of images varies from cut to cut. Overall the transfers seem free of compression artifacts and most of them have nicely saturated colors, good black levels and exemplary shadow detail.

The Sound:
Again, because this title is a collection of material from numerous sources you'll find that the audio differs from track to track. Some of the content is presented in standard Dolby 2.0 while others offer full fledged 5.1 audio. The authors of the DVD seem to have put a good deal of effort into making sure that the levels are consistent throughout so you won't find yourself fiddling with the remote.

The Extras:
Each segment has its own extras but volume three doesn't have as spectacular a range of ancillary content as some of the other Circuit Music titles do. Most of the video content has additional audio in the form of interviews with the members of the various bands but there are no alternate video tracks. One interesting use of the DVD format is exhibited in the Flaming Lips segment. A little while back Flaming Lips released and experimental CD whose songs were spread across four discs. The idea was to set up four CD players and play all the discs at once. Circuit Music presents one track from the release and allows listeners to switch back and forth between any one or all of the CDs.

Conclusion:
The main factor determining your enjoyment of the Circuit music series is a lineup of bands that interest you. I enjoyed the features on Cibo Matto, Paul Westerberg and Radiohead but didn't get into the other bands. If these groups are to your liking you'll probably get a lot out of Circuit Music 3.
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