Kimberlin soundtrack released by Ecstatic Recordings


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The soundtrack to Kimberlin by Abul Mogard has been released by Ecstatic Recordings as a clear vinyl edition of 500 copies.

“Mogard's darkly sublime soundtrack for ‘Kimberlin’ , an experimental film about the Isle of Portland on the English south coast, coincidentally doubles up as metaphor for the mood of an increasingly inward-looking UK and our often desolate mental states. Taking its name from the local word for an outsider or “foreigner”, ‘Kimberlin’ was filmed on location during the months following the referendum of 2016 which lead to the current, purgatory state we find ourselves in the UK right now. 

Combining mostly wordless, lingering shots of the Isle of Portland’s bleak and rugged landscape with Mogard’s washed out but richly evocative music, made with manipulated field recordings, modular synth and layered Farfisa organ, the project came to reflect a sense of (be)longing, loneliness and outsiderness that also perhaps uncannily mirrors the putative collective feeling since that darkly historic vote, over three years ago. Taking cues from the evocative poetry of lifelong islander, stonemason and poet Cecil “Skylark” Durston (1910-1996), as well as a news report on the discovery of a mysterious cinema found interred by foliage in the Isle’s cave systems, the merging of image and sound speak to their subject in an organic, impressionistic manner that leaves billowing room for imagination.

Mogard’s soundtrack opens out with a slow-burning, greyscale iridescence, tenderly manipulating the sound of fog horns and bird calls in briny modular spray and gloaming Farfisa organ swells that, when combined with song titles such as ‘Flooding Tide’ and ‘Playing On The Stones’, serve to evocatively connote the film’s subject matter. The results can be heard as echoes in the digital future of an England that’s now difficult to grasp, most hauntingly transposing the meaning of Cecil “Skylark” Durston’s description of the Isle of Portland as a place where “quarry bells no longer ring, except in old men’s dreams” to the ever-present, never-ending riddle of Brexit and its generationally devastating bleakness. “

- Boomkat

Available at Boomkat online.

Phoenix City Convergence


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Research and development of Phoenix City through a Coventry Biennial artist residency at Coventry University’s School of Media and Performing Arts, has led to a first outcome in the form of the Phoenix City Convergence. The convergence is formed of two parts: a programme of artists’ moving-image works, followed by a day symposium to dissect and discuss the discourse around UK City of Culture.

The screening programme features works by artists:

Matthijs de Bruijne
Anja Kirschner
John Skoog
Neil Gray
Choi Sai-Ho
Mike Stubbs
Chris Paul Daniels & Sam Meech

Read here for details about the symposium on October 26th.

The Phoenix City Convergence is supported by Coventry Biennial with additional support from Coventry University and Heart of England / Coventry City of Culture Trust.

Kimberlin premiere at Cafe OTO


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Kimberlin will premiere with live-mixed multichannel soundtrack at Cafe OTO on September 3rd 2019.

A night of film and sound work by Duncan Whitley, including the premiere screening of Kimberlin: a 24-minute experimental film work made in collaboration with Abul Mogard. The space of the soundtrack is explored through a series of works live-mixed for a multi-channel soundspace, in this one-off event at Cafe OTO.

About Kimberlin:

kimberlin (n.) 1. Portland dialect for a person living on the Isle of Portland who does not descend from a lineage of at least two generations of Portlanders. 2. Portland dialect for a person from Weymouth, or by extension, a stranger, outsider or foreigner. [Middle English cǒmeling n. From Old Germanic comling & (early) komeling, kimeling. Non-native, foreigner] / k’ɪmbəlɪn /

Kimberlin is an experimental film based on the discovery of an underground cinema cavern on Portland, an island connected to England’s mainland by a long pebble causeway known as the Chesil Beach. The uncanny discovery and subsequent breaking news begin to generate speculation amongst islanders as to who created the cavern and the cannisters of super-8mm film found within it.

Filmed on Portland in the months following the United Kingdom’s European Union membership referendum and scored with Abul Mogard’s dense, layered Farfisa organ tones, Kimberlin takes the viewer on a journey imbued with an ambiguous sense of (be)longing and loneliness. Digital and super-8mm film, field recordings and the Mogard soundtrack combine in an experimental form synthesizing cinematic and musical space.

Recording of Pepe Peregil's last saeta included in CD


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A fragment of the recording of Pepe Peregil’s last ever saeta (recorded in 2011 in the Plaza Museo, Seville) is included in the studio recording of Una Saeta desde el Cielo, a march composed in dedication to Peregil. The CD is the latest recording by the Agrupación Musical Valme. The inlay image for the track is a still from Between the Orange Trees and the Lime, a video-sound work built around Pepe Peregil’s last saeta.

Thanks as always to José Juan and the Asociación Amigos de Peregil.

Lhayialh included as bonus track in audio guide to Claudia Fontes' The Slow Bird


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Lhayialh forms part of Claudia Fontes’ audio guide to The Slow Bird (“O Passaro Lento”) in the São Paulo Biennial entitled Affective Affinities. The Slow Bird is one of seven artist-curated spaces in the biennial held in the Museo Oscar Niemeyer - the selected artists being Claudia Fontes, Mamma Andersson, Sofia Borges, Waltercio Caldas, Alejandro Cesarco, Antonio Ballester Moreno, and Wura-Natasha Ogunji.

Lhayialh is a collaborative sound recording made with Mawó Juan Mendoza, in the wichí community of Santa Victoria Este II (Salta, Argentina). Click here to listen to the recording (headphones or good quality speakers advised)

Also in the audio guide Claudia Fontes retells a story which provided the impetus for The Slow Bird: http://33.bienal.org.br/en/audioguia-detalhe/5427

This is Highfield Road launches online!


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This is Highfield Road is an online archive of sound recordings documenting the Coventry City F.C’s final season at their Highfield Road stadium in 2005. Captured in vivid binaural sound for listening on headphones, the 141 sound recordings transport us to the heart of Highfield Road’s West Terrace. The archive offers a tool for the playful exploration of the language of football crowd sound, reflecting broadly on the connections between sound, place and identity.

Originally developed as a research project in 2005 with the support of Arts Council England and PVA Medialab, This is Highfield Road has been redeveloped as a public-facing online project as part of Get Some Chalk on Your Boots!: The Sounding Cultures of Football curated by Paul Whitty and hosted by Sonic Arts Research Unit (SARU) at Oxford Brookes University.

Visit the archive: www.thisishighfieldroad.net
Follow us on Twitter: @SoundsOfWT6
 

G. D. Parada and This is Highfield Road, in "Get Some Chalk"


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Image courtesy of Binaural / Nodar

G. D. Parada is currently installed in the exhibition "Get Some Chalk on Your Boots: the sounding cultures of football", at the Glass Tank Gallery (Oxford Brookes University). Also showing is a beta-version of the forthcoming "This is Highfield Road", an online binaural sound archive of 141 recordings from Coventry City's last season at Highfield Road.

"Get Some Chalk" runs until July 15th 2018. More information here - https://getsomechalkonyourboots.co.uk 

Supported by the Sonic Arts Research Unit (SARU) at Oxford Brookes University.