Out Loud! 2017: The 00's
For the 10th time Offscreen collaborates with Beursschouwburg, programming the music films of the Out Loud program. On Wednesday and Thursday evenings in June, the rooftop terrace ((rain or shine) of the Beurs is transformed into an open-air cinema. We take you back to the nillies with a selection of 7 documentaries and 1 music video compilation. Entrance is free!
The 2000s – also called the Ohs, the Nillies, or the Noughties – were the decade when the globalized world became our own back yard. It was the decade of 9/11, which saddled us with an ongoing War on Terror, and the consequences of the banking crisis of 2008, which put a damper on blind faith in endless economic growth. What did continue to rise were the temperature on Earth and the reach of the World Wide Web. A tsunami of information became available, and music permeated every aspect of life, while the music industry – confronted with a technological revolution – seemed almost to be drawing its last breath. It felt as if there were no central point of gravity for popular music, as if everything were migrating towards an ever-expanding margin, in which every possible taste could be catered to in a wink.
One could argue that the strongest tendencies in the music of the 2000s were not individual artists or exciting new genres, but illegal downloads of MP3s, the invention of the iPod and iTunes, free video and music sharing on YouTube, MySpace and Spotify, with democratized production and distribution methods that allowed every young thing with a computer to develop a music legend in their own bedroom studio.
No single musical trend defined this decade, although hip-hop bridged the gap to R&B and began to dominate popular music, to the degree that even mainstream pop idols (such as Justin Timberlake) effectively urbanized their music. Rihanna, Beyonce, Eminem, Outcast, R. Kelly, The Black Eyed Peas and Kanye West were all acts that conquered the whole world. Female artists came to the fore, some with voices of genuine soul (the much-lamented Amy Whinehouse) and stunning stage personalities (Lady Gaga), others both vocally and physically modelled into auto-tuned bitches (Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera). Rock held its own, in such manifestations as indie rock and post-rock (Arcade Fire, The White Stripes, Kaiser Chiefs & co), or soft rock, à la Coldplay. As Sid Yashin became big business and Tomorrowland boomed, music from earlier decades came back, smuggled in on soundtracks, disguised as samples, or onstage in the umpteenth reunion concert. Every style found its crossover, every genre its subgenre: pop punk, post-grunge, trance, electro-house, nu-metal, metalcore, emo, teen pop, crunk and snap music. And, from the very farthest corners of the world, local music was exported and globalized, from India's Bollywood songs and Latin American reggae tones to Congolese rumba and the volenska or hopelandic of Iceland's Sigur Rós. In the 2000s, globalization meant that the music world seemed disjointed and fragmented, but seen from the other side, the whole world could be found on an iPod playlist.
In 2004 the hugely popular American comedian Dave Chappelle hosted a once in a lifetime block party in Brooklyn, getting together some of the biggest names in hip-hop and R&B – Kanye West, Mos Def, Erykah Badu, Common, Jill Scott and The Fugees.
Daft Punk meets legendary Japanese animator Leiji Matsumoto in this groundbreaking “animated house musical”, a science fiction story of intergalactic proportions on the beat of “One More Time”.
“He looks at the closet - I pull out my Beretta - He walks up to the closet - He comes up to the closet - Now he's at the closet - Now he's opening the closet... “. The first 22 episodes of R and B singer R. Kelly's largely kitchen-based 'Hip-Hopera' are a cult.
As much a tribute to the stunning landscapes of Iceland as it is a concert tour, Heima chronicles two weeks in 2006 when acclaimed post-rock band Sigur Ros played their ethereal music during free performances in far-flung corners of their beautiful homeland.
The story of the legendary hip hop act, from high school to superstardom and beyond gives a behind-the-scenes profile, including live performances, historical footage, and interviews, of lives still in motion, struggling to move on from the work and success of their younger selves.