Pacific 3-2-1-Zero is a record of a performance of the eponymous work by renowned percussion group From Scratch. The work was devised in 1981 as a protest against nuclear testing and waste dumping in the Pacific. Ring-leader Phil Dadson, his players and their instruments — from whirling PVC pipes to biscuit tin lids — are arranged in the shape of the peace symbol. From Scratch's rhythms are cut with footage and facts of nuclear testing by director Gregor Nicholas to make for a resonant statement. The film won the Grand Prix at Midem’s 1994 Visual Music Awards.
The musical structure reflects the idea of isolated islands of humanity connected by common waters whose currents innocently carry nuclear contamination.– Ring-leader Phil Dadson on the work
Made with funding from NZ On Air
Composed by Philip Dadson, Don McGlashan and Wayne Laird, with thanks to Geoff Chapple.