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The importance of the other musicians and of Martin Hannett is unwittingly emphasized by the concert performances on Still. Songs that are unforgettable evocations of mental anguish in their original studio versions sound disjointed and desperate on stage, and so does Mr. " -RobertPalmer, The New York Times, 13 Dec 81. When examining the archives of film, the first unusual aspects of the recordings to emerge was that of the voice carrying the verbal information in musical form. On the earlier examples, the style is abrasive, almost shouted, with a heavy regional accent.

The vocalist adopted a sporadic, seemingly random series of movements which, it transpires from our efforts to trace, formed a dance used in an earlier 'Japanese' technique of hypnotism. Whatever its effectiveness on a 'Japanese' form of artistry, its appearance was startling and original, capable of capturing the undivided attention of the audience for long periods of time. "Ian Curtis on voice, reacting to the music as if on a hotplate, discovers the scope within tonal limitations - used his vocals for force...

I never realised the lengths I'd have to go. All the darkest corners of a sense I didn't know. " - "24 Hours". The film starts to become real. Magic Theatre. It is true, I was left intoxicated by initial exposure, but even though I had received the information concerning the implantation techniques that the Insitute had forwarded, a stifling cloud of suspicion continued to weigh heavily upon the event. If nothing else, many scenes had been of great beauty, and it was difficult to balance popular elements with the more elliptical passages.

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