The Archaeology of Knowledge is a film by Pat Harbison and Christopher Braig documenting a rare recording session with one of the most influential recording engineers and musicians of the last forty years.

Recorded by Steve Albini at Electrical Audio, Chicago, live to two track tape, the music is presented exactly as it was played. The group composed of Pat Harbison Trumpet, Christopher Braig Saxophone, Kitt Lyles Bass, and Gustavo Cortinas had never played together.

The film is worked out like a play in four Acts based on the music by Pat Harbison and Christopher Braig. Act 1: Geaux Geaux by Pat Harbison Act 2: The Fossil Cave by Christopher Braig Act 3: Willard and His Bowling Trophy by Pat Harbison Act 4: Pale Blue Dot by Christopher Braig

Steve Albini is a key figure in the American underground music community since the 1980s, Steve Albini is well-known as both a figure behind the scenes, engineering albums by acts both famous and hopelessly obscure, and for his work with his bands Big Black and Shellac.

Albini would go on to record albums (preferring not to be credited as producer) for Nirvana, PJ Harvey, the Jesus Lizard, Superchunk, and Slint before he would open his fully professional two-studio complex Electrical Audio in Chicago in 1997. Noted for its technical excellence and affordability, Electrical Audio would host sessions ranging from the Stooges and Neurosis to Jarvis Cocker and James McCartney, usually with Albini at the controls. -All Music

  • Christopher Braig
    Jimmy McGarry The Best Jazz You Never Heard, Radio Free Newport
  • Pat Harbison
    Key Cast
  • Christopher Braig
    Key Cast
  • Kitt Lyles
    Key Cast
  • Gustavo Cortinas
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Music Video, Short
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 12 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 15, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    2,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director - Christopher Braig