Needle Anus

It all comes together in “the end.” OR http Written/Directed by Payman Benz Starring Stuart Mahoney, Graham McKibbin & Benjamin Butterfield Cinematographer – Todd Banhazl Produced by Sean Becker

Disfix (2008) Timothy McCormack ELISION Ensemble Richard Haynes | bass clarinet Tristram Williams | piccolo trumpet Benjamin Marks | trombone Artists-in-Residence @ CeReNeM, Huddersfield University 2009-2010 Recorded 26th November 2009, St. Paul’s Hall, Huddersfield University Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2009 Many thanks to Daryl Buckley, Aaron Cassidy, Timothy McCormack and Graham McKenzie

49 Responses to “Needle Anus”

  1. davieboy1970 says:

    @jwizzledude Actually I’m a smaller guy 5’4″. So I’m not a huge retard. I’m a little retard !!

  2. Swinktastic says:

    Stop being SO OLD, get with the times. Don’t hate something because you don’t understand it, it was a metaphor for current times in the world that you don’t understand apparently, I think you need to watch this video 3 or 4 more times.

  3. Rastapulse says:

    I laughed so hard!!!

  4. jwizzledude says:

    @davieboy1970 You’re a huge fucking retard.

  5. linbeckleo says:

    @xximmortal88xx not even kidding…that’s the exact same story as me. I just looked this up again after 5 years…

  6. linbeckleo says:

    @xximmortal88xx not even kidding…that’s the exact same story as me. I just looked this up again after 5 years…

  7. lookitsagrape1 says:

    you need to watch the entire thing start to finish to fully appreciate how GENIUS it is

  8. ultm8ninja says:

    @IamtheFuzze1 like your grandfather…… OOOOOOOHHHHHHH!!!

  9. awkwardpictures says:

    @xximmortal88xx That’s awesome!! That’s the greatest comment ever.

  10. xximmortal88xx says:

    I remember first seeing this in junior high and showing all my friends, and now i’m a senior in high school. I’ve ALWAYS thought this was one of the greatest things I’ve ever watched on you tube. Me and my buddy Jordan would always say “NEEDLE…….AAAANUSS” in the halls, oh good times… And I love all the people at Awkward pictures for making such a great film.

  11. IamtheFuzze1 says:


  12. bushsucked says:

    i fastwarded it, I figured it was gonna be stupid. IT WAS FUCKING STUPID.

  13. taylorbortnerathing says:

    i never knew midone was such a good actor

  14. allstarsoobs says:

    is this realy ming 1 from citos ahahaha i love it lol but keep the long hair

  15. jwizzledude says:

    Oh god I fucking lol’d hard

  16. ZonkedKamikaze says:

    Anyone who thinks this is stupid has no sense of humor.

  17. kaham1993 says:

    i hate my bro… makes me watch something like this

  18. JoeJoeProductions says:

    oh my god. I haven’t laughed that much in ages. x.

  19. benjamminsam says:

    I don’t get people who don’t get this video.

  20. BeachBoyBen says:

    I LOVED it!

  21. awkwardpictures says:

    cannabischarlie sounds like he needs some cannabis.

  22. cannabischarlie says:

    4 minutes and 15 seconds of my life down the shitter before i fastforward to the end, and realize what a fucking shitfest this is, fuck you for wasting my time assholes

  23. weestuburns says:


  24. whereisallthenames says:

    at the end, i went from crying to laughing hysterically in a matter of seconds LMAO . great job guys :]

  25. trees1 says:

    It is a great hall, I miss those best music experiences I had there.

  26. SteveTheCart says:

    You won’t get away with this you know, young man!

  27. perdixification says:

    @1Lazytrumpeter: check out the other video of Disfix on the elision channel….!!!!

  28. perdixification says:

    @Sudharsanbluewaves: check out the other video of Disfix on the elision channel….!!!!

  29. Sudharsanbluewaves says:

    Sir with all do respect… Take those nice melodies you say which are like bound to a million rules of harmonization… Anyone can write Music that way just by knowing the rules of harmonization… This is boundary less, completely free yet only limited to human sonic perception of 20hz to 20khz… our minds are evolving… our understanding of Music is evolving… humans are evolving everyday… some don’t want to change while others be the change they want to see…

  30. robertdahm says:

    @perdixification But surely what can be ‘added’ will change over time. For my money, we’re only just now starting to hear Ferneyhough ‘performed’ rather than ‘battled through’ (and I think the new ELISION disc is a real landmark in this regard).
    I’m really excited about the prospect of hearing a performance of Disfix in twenty years time, when it’s had the opportunity to digest, and performance practices of this music are starting to consolidate.

  31. robertdahm says:

    @perdixification Um, okay, but if lazytrumpeter was really interested in knowing more about this, or at least engaging with the problems posed by such music, rather than just discounting the value of it altogether, his/her initial posts would have been very different.
    I’d be genuinely interested to know, though, what LT1 thinks is the difference between ‘music’ and ‘sonic experimentation’. And also why LT1 thinks that the latter (if indeed it’s different from the former) is of less value.

  32. perdixification says:

    @hroche83 i’m looking forward to a day when performances of music of this level of complexity and multilayering are surpassing the scores by doing ‘more’ than what’s on the page, rather than making art out of what the music causes the performer to do. ok, the potential to add more to this music is kind of limited, as there’s enough to take care of as it is, however imagine these performers playing something like this from memory, or not having to conduct each other…

  33. perdixification says:

    @robertdahm this ‘brawl’ (which it hasn’t become) is considerably more intelligent than others i’ve encountered on youtube. i felt the need to comment as one lazy trumpeter’s initial comment was deserving of further discussion. i appreciated the fact that he posed some questions rather than the usual “this is dumb” or to quote, “I just vomited all over my keyboard”.

  34. hroche83 says:

    I think knowing a few well-known trumpet players who (may or may not) share your rather extraordinarily uninformed views doesn’t necessarily mean you’re in a position to tell us how ‘easily’ this kind of music could be written.

    I’d say, it’s pretty clear the effort, thought and extreme dedication that went into the writing of this music. And I’d say the result is pretty darned special. Not to mention the ultra-cleverness of its performers. Hurrah!

  35. robertdahm says:

    (sorry to lower the tone, btw – Youtube comment brawls of this sort just really annoy me)

  36. robertdahm says:

    I’ve always wondered why is it that morons seem completely unable to resist the urge to hit ‘Post a Text Comment’ when they see something they don’t like on YouTube.
    If you don’t like this music, that’s really fine. Nobody’s forcing you. But trying to impose your own (extraordinarily narrow) set of musical value hierarchies onto the music of others is beyond lazy. But maybe that’s your thing.
    There’s a large and growing audience for this music. We won’t be missing you terribly much.

  37. 1Lazytrumpeter says:

    @perdixification @perdixification Thanks for the interesting discussion. I think some of your comments are a little extreme, but thanks for keeping it polite.

  38. 1Lazytrumpeter says:

    @perdixification I would never be so arrogant as to discount a composer or performer, and over the years have digested a vast amount of similar material. You don’t value film music? All music has it’s time and place. My point was that everyone has a different opinion as to where the line is drawn as to what is music and where it becomes something else. We obviously disagree on this, but nothing wrong with that.

  39. 1Lazytrumpeter says:

    @perdixification I know some would go further, but I think you would agree that this is not the majority point of view. I’m not saying you are wrong – if it’s music to you then fine – but to me music requires much more than just sonic events.

  40. perdixification says:

    so what’s your point: this composer can’t write music? or are you above giving it your attention? i’m not disputing your amount of experience, but isn’t it a little arrogant to discount a composer just because they write music that you can’t digest, or don’t want to investigate further, or can’t play? sorry, that shouldn’t be a question. so what, we take all these evil modernist composers and shoot them so that instrumental music can be further demoted solely to the role of film music?

  41. perdixification says:

    @1Lazytrumpeter : some would go further than i, in saying that atmospheric noise is music, as did john cage. i prefer to think of music as purposeful and reactive sonic events, so yes, a firework display would appeal to me musically; it doesn’t for you? just the sheer gestural weight of the different kinds of silence between explosions is enough, not to mention the varying range of frequency among all the ‘noise’…

  42. perdixification says:

    @1Lazytrumpeter : furthermore, I think that if all composers were bound up in having or wanting to write music featuring “nice melodies” (i’m hoping you’ll regret using the term), then the musical landscape would be incredibly bland and musicians would not be forced to push the boundaries on their instruments. decrying academic music as void is a waste of time as what will happen if there’s no more research? music will end up being a vortex of uninteresting stylistic incest and derivation.

  43. perdixification says:

    @1Lazytrumpeter : i’m happy for you, that you’re all of those things. i don’t think you expressed your point succinctly, with “can’t anyone write a nice melody anymore?”. if you mean, “can’t composers write music for the purpose of entertainment?” (and I use the term ‘entertainment’ to imply the full range of music that immediately ‘appeals’), then ‘a nice melody’ is an inadequate way to represent that kind of music.

  44. 1Lazytrumpeter says:

    I consider my ability to listen well above average, and I consider myself very open minded to all music forms. I am very aware of the amazing trumpet players, and know many of them personally. I also know their private thoughts on this issue – and you would be surprised as to who they include! We feel it’s our duty as musicians to push the boundaries – but composers also need to reflect more on what their duty is too – it’s not only academic. (I think you missed my point re “nice melodies”)

  45. 1Lazytrumpeter says:

    “sonic events organised in time, parameters such as pitch, rhythm, timbre and tempo all very much controlled” do not always = music (e.g. a firework display can include all of these but I wouldn’t classify it as music? But I understand the point you are trying to make.

  46. 1Lazytrumpeter says:

    I thought my comments would provoke some discussion! The main problem is that this topic is very subjective. Assessing the skill required to write this is also subjective. I did check out the composer before writing my comments. I studied music and have played professionally for over 30 years, around 150 concerts/year covering the whole spectrum of music. I have always been keen to promote contemporary music – my point was where do we draw the line between “music” and sound experiments?

  47. perdixification says:

    @1Lazytrumpeter: it’s a weak argument to justify an inability to listen beyond the most immediate sonic layer of information. are you aware of the amazing trumpet players out there recording music that don’t use “nice melodies”?

  48. perdixification says:

    @1Lazytrumpeter: “can’t anyone write a nice melody anymore?” did you miss the last century of classical music composition? if the condition existed, that a great musical work had to have nice melodies, half of the masterworks that are taught in both theoretical and practical courses in schools and universities around the world would not get a mention. you’re proposing that berio’s sequenza for trumpet (which i’m sure you’ve played) is bad music because it doesn’t have pretty melodies?

  49. perdixification says:

    complex argument, man. of course it’s music: sonic events organised in time, parameters such as pitch, rhythm, timbre and tempo all very much controlled. it’s clear from their performance that there’s a great deal of communication going on in order to pull off the piece. if you’d bother to look up the composer and check out what he does, you’d realise that there is an immense amount of skill involved in the music that he writes.

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