A documentary about New Zealand avant-guard performance group, From Scratch.
Sculptor-Composer Phil Dadson and his two musical colleagues, Wayne Liard and Don McGlashan overwhelm the senses by producing percussive and other sounds from musical instruments of their own devising - large plastic tubes combined with drums and other percussion instruments. They use their own voices as well to weave rhythmic, priveal compositions. Drum/Sing is the title of one of these compositions. The instruments themselves are spectacular works of sculpture.
From Scratch achieved international acclaim after performing at the 1982 Paris Bienniale and the 1985 Edinburgh Festival, followed by performances in New York and Tokyo. Gregor Nicholas' Drum/Sing receieved the award for best short film for 1986 from the New Zealand Guild of Film and television, and the blue ribbon in the film-as-art categoty at the 1986 American Film Festival in New York.