Monthly Archives: March 2017

enthusiasm live

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Image from the collection of the Austrian Film Museum
Frame enlargement Georg Wasner

In November 2016 I was commissioned by artist, Stefhan Caddick and Dr. Victoria Donovan to write and record an original re-scoring of Dzinga Vertov’s 1930 masterpiece film, Enthusiasm: Symphony of the Donbass as part of their event, Enthusiasm.

Enthusiasm is a migration story spanning Merthyr Tydfil and Ukraine; the 1860s to the present day. This innovative, interdisciplinary one-day arts event brings together musicians, members of the community, archivists and historians to take a radical look at a little-known historical episode that links Merthyr and the South Wales Valleys to the Donbas in Ukraine and asks how the legacy of this past continues to resonate in our social, cultural and political landscape today.

I will be performing my re-scoring, live, at the event on Saturday the 1st of July 2017 at the Red House in Merthyr, South Wales. Entry is free. Experience is priceless.

For more details please visit Stefhan’s website: http://www.stefhancaddick.co.uk/enthusiasm/

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JB/SG White film (soundtrack version) now online

In 2016 I did a collaboration with Michigan based film maker Joseph Bernard. I made a soundtrack arrangement of collage sound to his 1978 masterpiece, WHITE FILM. This is soon to be screened in London (scroll down for more details) and can now be viewed online for the first time.  See it on Vimeo by clicking on the box below. Enjoy

Walls opening

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Zoë Gingell, director of Cardiff MADE gallery commissioned me to write and record original sound art for her Creative Wales award piece, “Walls”. We have made a multi-sensory collaborative installation using original material and digitised tapes of personal archive recordings from Zoë’s family. The HD audio features 60-70 minute quadrophonic looped drones and atmospheric recordings alongside sound bites triggered by motion sensors. This is installed alongside Zoë’s original physical/visual work featuring transparent bricks and projected video.

A highly emotional and personal piece that has taken a lot of effort and experimentation to conceive. This was the first commission I have done entirely on a remote basis.

You can sample a clip of the audio here:

The installation opens at Cardiff MADE gallery on Monday 13th of February. For gallery information, check out their Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/CardiffMADE/

For more information on this project, please see the Walls page under the Works tab.

 

white film screening

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Brand New Blinkers are hosting an evening at Close-Up Film Centre in Shoreditch, London on the 30th of March screening Prismatic Music: The Films of Joseph Bernard. Amongst this collection of recently digitised, super 8 silent art films from the 70’s and 80’s is a collaboration I did with him on his 1978 master piece, WHITE FILM. It features an original collage soundtrack by myself made in 2016.

Joseph has become a good friend one mine and a great influence on my visual artwork. He is my favourite film maker and he claims that this could be the last ever screening of Prismatic Music. Needless to say, this is a real honour for me.

There is more details of the event at the venue’s event page here:

https://www.closeupfilmcentre.com/film_programmes/2017/prismatic-music-the-films-of-joseph-bernard/

For more of Joseph’s fantastic work, check out his website:

http://www.josephbernard.com/home