Palo Alto - Dealey Plaza (Frame Z​-​313)

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The Zapruder film is a home movie of JFK's motorcade taken by Abraham Zapruder, the owner of Jennifer Juniors, Inc., a clothing manufacturer with offices located in the Dal-Tex Building across the street from the Texas School Book Depository. Zapruder was a JFK supporter and on the advice of his assistant he decided to make a film of JFK as he passed through Dealey Plaza. He positioned himself on a concrete pedestal on the northwest side of Elm Street and he used his Bell & Howell Zoomatic 8mm “Director’s Series” camera to film the motorcade. Zapruder was not the only one to bring a movie camera to Dealey Plaza that day. In fact, Orville Nix, filming from the opposite side of Elm Street, captured images of Abraham Zapruder in his home movie of the motorcade. What distinguishes the Zapruder film is that it is the most complete of the home movies taken of JFK's assassination and, because of Zapruder's position, it also captures the fatal head shot the most clearly. The Zapruder Film lasts 26.6 seconds and each of its 486 frames has been numbered and studied in detail. The grisly image of a bullet striking JFK in the head is captured in frame Z-313.

Palo Alto formed in Paris in 1989 and released several albums of experimental electronic music over the next decade before shifting toward more improvisational performances. Philippe Perreaudin explains, “Palo Alto is a group of improvised music. We create musical atmospheres without wanting to deal with a particular topic. Then, when we listen the results of these improvisations, we seek to give them titles. Listening to this song with the voice, the crowd, the inexorable rhythm loop, I immediately thought of the JFK assassination and the Zapruder film. With each listen, this song reminded me of the images of this film. This piece is very narrative, very cinematic. So, we have given a title related to this event. The title refers to the precise location of the assassination of JFK in Dallas and the fatal frame number in the Zapruder film.”

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from Conspiracy A​-​Go​-​Go, released November 1, 2013
by Jacques Barbéri, Denis Frajerman, Philippe Perreaudin, and Eric Roger
recorded live in Toulouse, France, on March 26, 2005
originally released on Terminal Sidéral: Live 05-06-07 Music and Films (2007)

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