Kurt Cobain’s suicide marked the end of an era in grunge music. In retrospect, this event came to signal the melding of punk music with the commercial mainstream. During Cobain’s life he often vocalized his criticisms of the corporate music industry. His disdain was aimed at major record labels, commercial radio stations and MTV® — all corporate structures that he was very much a part of. However, once Cobain signed over the rights to his music to the David Geffen Company in 1991 his control over his music began slipping away. His independent punk ideology had been supplanted by major corporations’ profit models, and there was little he could do about it. The new data-bent imagery of the last performance by the rock band Nirvana recalls hallucinatory images produced in the mental state known as hypnogogia, characteristic of the state in between alertness and sleep. When altering these videos I deliberately evoked this state to parallel the limbo moments Cobain must have experienced in the transitional space between life and death, when he had no control of what was going on around him. This video contains the blown out and distorted audio that amplifies the intense emotional response for the viewer by allowing Kurt to express his final chorus while it is searing in pain.

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