How to Destroy the Time Machines

How to Destroy the Time Machines
reż. Jacek Piotr Bławut/Poland/2016/40 min.

The film is shown in the block [1] How to Destroy the Time Machines and Unplagged.

The film focuses on the figure of Jeph Jerman, a musician living in Arizona, an experimentalist who has a passion for sounds. Jeph discovers the world through sounds. He has completely immersed himself in listening to sounds which are ignored by most of us. He engages in a dialogue with sounds of nature by “playing” object as if they were musical instruments. He gets sounds out of various things and in this way “animates” them, to use his words. He turns uncommon, or rather seemingly common, sound phenomena into elements of a piece of music.

Jeph composes symphonies using Orly sounds which surround us. However, he is not a composer in the traditional sense of this word. He is more of a micro-sound hunter, who tries to track down the murmur of a stream or the rustle of cactus thorns. Creating music from the sounds of nature and, more importantly, listening to them is his way of life. Some people climb world’s highest mountains, others listen intently to the murmur of a stream. This is what the film is about. It’s about the passion which may help to discover something extraordinary in the ordinariness.


  • projection time:
    40 min.
  • country/year:
  • director:
    Jacek Piotr Bławut
  • pictures:
  • production:
    Studio Filmowe Rabarbar Anna Bławut Mazurkiewicz
  • selected festivals and awards:
    IFF Camerimage 2016

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