About Brian Michael Murphy

Brian Michael Murphy is a poet, Ph.D. Candidate and Presidential Fellow at Ohio State. Follow him @raisedbymovies

Sugimoto’s Movie Theaters

“Suppose you shoot a whole movie in a single frame?” The answer: “You get a shining screen.” […] One afternoon I walked into a cheap cinema in the East Village with a large-format camera. As soon as the movie started,…

The Low Pass Theory, Part 2

Beyond the dense childhood memories of musical sound sieved through cinder block, another archetypal memory carried by a number of hip hop producers and artists—including KRS-ONE, the RZA, as well as Da Beatminerz—is the memory of walking through New York…

The Low Pass Theory, Part 1

The scene is always the same. My feet are planted far too close to a tower of speakers, my head nodding with near-injurious enjoyment to some now-obscure track selected by the DJ, as he tests how many real hip hop…

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