When I first heard Una Lee’s disc Grainy Thoughts I was immediately captivated by its diversity and mystery. Lee manages to incorporate an eclectic use of sounds to create something innovative and quite compelling. This is no easy task. Styles range from experimental field recordings, sound art, noise, and improv piano compositions-each track is rendered with imagination and skill.
From the haunting drones of “A Quiet Rumble” to the delicate, intricate rhythms of “A Rolling Mind” or to the reflective, nostalgic beauty of “A weary conversation” the listener is free to engage and explore.
The disc is now available on Una Lee’s bandcamp page with additional tracks and her own handmade paper case. Like the music, the handmade case is beautiful and displayed with authenticity and care. This is a stunning debut! I look forward to hearing more great things from this South Korean Artist.
My collaboration piece with Tsai Men-Yeun entitled By the North Sea was included on the New Haze Sound Interpretation series. Thanks to Daniel Barbiero for forwarding info on this series. Here is what they say:
The HAZE Netlabel presents the project Sound Interpretations. In this project we propose to rethink literary heritage of the 20th century. Over the 2012-2013 years, each month we will release the compilation dedicated to the 12 most outstanding writers of the 20th century.
To listen or download the link is here
I may contribute more to this exciting series.
Listed below is this year’s Urban/Rural landscapes program for the Utopia Film Festival.
The event is on October 21 from 2pm-4pm in the Greenbelt Municipal Building, which is located at 25 Crescent Road in the center of Historic Greenbelt, Md
The whole festival is going be really worth your time-I am grateful and fortunate to have the opportunity to screen these films! More links soon!
Experimental film program “Urban/Rural Landscapes 6” (approx. 90 min.) curated by filmmaker Chris Lynn FREE
1. “The Luminous Passage” by Ryan Marino-A meditation on the passage of time and light, an evocation of the season of autumn. This film was shot during consecutive autumns in New York, Maine and New Hampshire
2.”Hudson River Landscapes” by Patrick Tarrant-Recorded from a 24th floor window on Broadway, Hudson River Landscapes maps the elevated terrain of Manhattan’s Upper West Side where laborers and layabouts, while displaced from the city beneath them, and framed by the river behind them , function like secret agents in an unscripted spy drama.
3. “Broad Channel” by Sarah J. Christman. Over the course of four seasons, the nuances of everyday activity are examined along one narrow stretch of public shoreline in New York City’s Jamaica Bay. Moments of recurrence and change cycle through an ecosystem rooted in migration.
4. “Morning Fisherman” by Chris H Lynn. A piece from the Reconstructing Scenic views from Seventeenth Century Chinese Landscape Painting series. Shot at Xuanwu Lake in Nanjing, China.
5. “De Luce 1: Vegetare” by Janis Crystal Lipzin. The colors and light of a garden are transformed by Janis Crystal Lipzin’s alchemical experiments with the film material and photochemical processes.
6. “Watercolors” by Ann Deborah Levy-Colors, Patterns, and images, reflected on the surface of a pond mirror changes in seasons and weather over the course of a year to create this “painting in motion”.
7. “Underfoot and Overstory” by Jason Livingston. Local environmentalists,the Friends of Hickory Hill Park, work to protect nearly 200 acres of unique urban parkland in Iowa City, Iowa. The organization’s mission statement must be produced. The inaugural Hickory Hill Park calendar must be completed. Nature images run parallel, collide or drift beside the demands of group writing, open space and the park’s changing boundary.
Another outstanding survey from Classwar Karaoke- here is the link for the music-
This survey is dedicated to the legendary experimental musician Lol Coxhill-Here is what they say:
“We humbly dedicate this survey to the memory of the late great Lol Coxhill, who died 9th July. Lol was a true progenitor of the experimental scene. He inspired and enthralled many of us, and his legacy is huge. We urge you to explore the work of this pioneer. You will spot Lol in 213TV’s film, Nein McCue here, and Lol featured in a trio, with Kay Grant and Olie Brice, on 0018 survey back in May “
A truly eclectic gathering of sounds and films-
My film submission is below-
A film I made a few years ago called Winter Movement was discussed at the Small Cinema Conference in Romania last week. The film was examined in an excellent paper called the Aesthetics of Landscape Cinema. The paper offers a fresh and engaging view on Landcape Cinema. Here is an excerpt on the audio aspect of the film:
“Often, the only sounds used in landscape films are natural sounds, recorded synchronously with the image, although in some cases, as in Winter movement, the filmmaker has applied sounds at different moments in the film, in a non-diegetic manner. The piece is silent at first and, later, sound comes in in the form of what can be thought to be a musical instrument, but which turns out later to be the sound of an escalator in the airport. The other sounds we hear are the sounds captured in the terminal, such as announcements, engines of vehicles passing by and the recurring noise of the escalator. The piece ends on silence. In Winter Movement, the sounds add a musical dimension to the film, suggested by the title itself.” Here is a link to the conference. Looked really stimulating.
I was really happy to discover one of my tracks was featured on the Field Reporter’s radio program-the link is here-
Similar to Framework radio, this is one of the best places to visit when it comes to Field Recording. The writing, like the sounds, is rich and illuminating. Here is what they say:
“The Field Reporter is a journal intended to publish exclusive reviews of works that involve the use of field recordings (raw or processed) in their creative process; the reviews are written by artists, curators and label managers that are closely engaged with this line of work.“