THE SOUND OF STORY @ REWIRE FESTIVAL
CO-PRODUCED BY LIGHTHOUSE AND REWIRE FESTIVAL
1 – 3 APRIL 2016
THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS
AN EXPLORATION OF SOUND AND MUSIC IN STORYTELLING
Featuring critically acclaimed artists from the Rewire programme and beyond, The Sound of Story is a rare opportunity to gain insight into what drives and inspires some of the world’s most accomplished and innovative sound artists and musicians.
Made up of a series of talks, illustrated with clips and anecdotes, a workshop and a live installation, this is a chance for film and music lovers to hear about the speakers’ work and influences, and learn about the power of the soundtrack and the importance of narrative.
Visit the Rewire Festival website to find out more about the event and book tickets.
Friday 1 April Chris Watson – Live Installation of The Sound of Sanctuary
Saturday 2 April: Talks – Roly Porter & MFO, Xiu Xiu, Gazelle Twin, Chris Watson, Nicholas Becker
Sunday 3 April: Nicolas Becker – Workshop
TALK: Porter and MFO will discuss the influence of narrative on their work, a symbiotic artistic approach, and creating a live show that takes audiences on a journey through seemingly infinite realms.
As electronic music producer, Roly Porter’s solo albums include the boundary pushing Life Cycle of a Massive Star. He has also composed for film, and produced a live re-scoring of the animated film Gandahar for the BFI. Following the release of his 2016 album, Third Law, Porter has teamed up again with renowned visual artist Marcel Weber (MFO), whose audio-visual works have been shown at leading festivals and venues, including Transmediale, the Centre Pompidou and Unsound.
TALK: Watson will present and discuss his work and recording techniques, looking at the process of capturing sound and weaving it into narrative collages.
LIVE SOUND INSTALLATION: The Sound of Sanctuary
In The Sound of Sanctuary, Chris Watson recreates the sounds and atmosphere of sunrise in Northern Madagascar’s Amber Mountain rainforest. Experienced within the beautiful acoustics of the 17th Century Lutherse Kerk, this reflective soundscape will transport the audience to one of the most remarkable environments on earth, inhabited by more than a hundred species of birds, mammals and reptiles.
Chris Watson is a composer and one of the world’s leading natural-world sound recordists, whose award-winning work across film, TV and radio has featured in renowned productions such as the BBC’s Life of Birds and Frozen Planet – both presented by David Attenborough. His compositional work includes the acclaimed albums El Tren Fantasma – recollections of a trans-Mexico rail journey, and Weather Report, named as one of the albums you should hear before you die, in The Guardian.
Talk: Ahead of the Rewire performance, hear Jez Bernholz (BERNHOLZ), who has performed live with Gazelle Twin since 2013, discuss the genesis and development of this high-concept and visceral live show.
Taking its title from J. G. Ballard’s final novel, Gazelle Twin: Kingdom Come is an ensemble performance incorporating electronics, film and an original soundtrack from the critically acclaimed Gazelle Twin. Commissioned by FutureEverything and produced in collaboration with director Chris Turner and photographer Tash Tung, the work plays with notions of feralness and the uncanny.
TALK: This is a rare opportunity to hear the band discuss their creative approach to reinterpretation, and the influences that helped shape their version of a truly iconic soundtrack.
Commissioned by David Lynch to reimagine the seminal Twin Peaks score, for an exhibition presented by the Gallery of Modern Art Australia, experimental band Xiu Xiu have a history of reinterpreting music and imbuing it with their own style, including work by Nina Simone and Tracy Chapman.
TALK: Becker will discuss his multi-disciplinary approach to creating a unique production process and soundscape for each project.
WORKSHOP: The Art of Sound Design
An opportunity to gain insight into Becker’s unique working methods and multi-disciplinary approach, and learn about designing sound across a wide array of film and arts projects. Illustrated with clips, Becker will share details of his practice – devising a bespoke process to create original and distinctive soundscapes for each project – and explain the reasoning behind his artistic approach.
One of the most progressive sound practitioners working today, Nicolas Becker works across multiple art forms, combining his skills as foley artist, sound designer and composer. Working with leading filmmakers such as Danny Boyle and Roman Polanski, his many credits include Gravity, Ex Machina, Wuthering Heights, and Andrea Arnold’s forthcoming American Honey. His many collaborations with acclaimed artist Philippe Parreno include one for the Opera Garnier in Paris, with leading choreographer Benjamin Millepieds and contemporary classical composer Nico Muhly, and a new exhibition in New York, in which microorganisms anticipate the rhythms and ‘predictable’ qualities of the environment.
EVENT DETAILS & BOOKING
Tickets: check the Rewire Festival website for details.
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