Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Past Lives - A live musical cinematic experience

On Friday 29 June, celebrated musicians and composers, Dave Sturt and Theo Travis, will be performing at The Public in West Bromwich as part of a unique, live cinematic experience, Past Lives.
Combining cutting edge technology with nostalgia, Past Lives features rarely seen amateur footage of Midlands’ life from the 1930s to the 1970s set to an atmospheric soundtrack. During the highly anticipated music and film showpiece, ambient soundscape pioneers Cipher (Sturt and Travis) will be performing live alongside guest musicians from Sinfonia ViVA, a national orchestra based in the East Midlands.
Capturing moving images is now commonplace with mobile phones and pocket cameras, but before the digital age it wasn't so easy. Small format movie cameras were the liberating technology of the mid-20th Century, giving ordinary people the chance to record everyday events on their 8mm and 16mm cameras.
Cipher have collaborated with visual artist Anthony Hatton to produce a thought-provoking and engaging visual and live musical experience using little seen footage from the Media Archive for Central England, including local images of the areas they will visit.
As Cipher,Dave Sturt and Theo Travis are renowned for composing and performing soundtracks for silent films – having toured with Hitchcock’s,The Lodger and Blackmail, Murnau’s The Last Laugh, Pabst’s Pandora’s Box, Lon Chaney’s The Phantom of the Opera and a very special Cabinet of Dr Caligari to celebrate the film’s 90th anniversary. They have developed a unique style of jazz electronica incorporating live looping and computer processing techniques.
Their music is intense, relaxing, emotional, lyrical, often dark and spontaneous with a strong element of improvisation in their performances.
Prior to the live performance The Public will be hosting a 'Music for Film' workshop, providing people with an opportunity to develop skills in composing and performing music with film. The workshop looks at 'capturing a mood' and exploring themes, using improvisation and technology to discover the hidden potential of musical instruments.
Linda Saunders, Managing Director ofThe Public said,
“Cipher have built up a tremendous reputation for producing mesmerising dynamic soundtracks for silent films. Past Lives is not only a unique audio-visual experience, it helps paint a fascinating picture of Midlands life with rarely seen archived footage.”
Past Lives takes place at The Public on Friday 29 June. The performance is £10 (£8 conc.) taking place 8.15pm – 9.30pm, with the workshop £7 (£5 conc.) taking place 6pm – 7.30pm. The workshop and performance combined ticket is £12 (£8 conc.). Tickets are available by calling 0121 533 7161.
For more information about events at The Public or call 0121 533 7161.

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