John Kelley

Drum Solo

DURATION: 4min 54sec

Drum Solo is a hallucination of a song, performed by three characters across time: a drummer recalls being trapped between notes, a singer carrying a dead body in the woods, and a listener. Together in separate circumstances, each are themselves and the others as well.

John Kelley_Drum Solo


(USA, 1981)

John C. Kelley lives and works in Knoxville. His short films have screened in festivals and galleries in more than 20 countries and he has appeared on more than 25 albums and recordings. He regularly contributes music to productions by Gray Picture in St. Louis, and he has released music as a solo artist through King Electric Records in Austin. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Time-Based Arts in the School of Art at the University of Tennessee.