Street art is, obviously, a very visual medium. Graffiti, wheatpasting, tagging: it’s meant to grab the eyes, and then, subsequently, the curiosity of passers by. That’s why this short film, made by a British stencil artist, is so interesting. Instead of paying attention to what a stencil looks like once it’s complete and painted on some surface, Pahnl focuses on the sounds that fill the room as he’s creating the piece. Sure, the pshhhhh of spray paint is one we’ve heard before, but what about all the minute etching noises that come from the blade slitting through the plastic? The squeak of the tape as he painstakingly lines up his transfer sheets? As the artist puts it, “Cutting stencils isn’t a spectacle, it’s done in solitude.” Funny how all those sounds create one beautiful sight.