Monday, 2 December 2013

The BFI and The Black Pearl.



I've had such a busy time recently and this is the project that's been at the forefront of my activities for the past month or two; creating a score for a silent film from 1908, The Black Pearl, for the British Film Institute. If you attend Vault: Music For Silent Gothic Treasures on the 14th at the BFI, you'll be able to experience it first hand. Check out the Belbury Parish Magazine for more details.

Sarah Angliss and her band Spacedog are in charge of curation (as well as composing and playing live) and invited me to create some studio music for the event. It's been a very interesting experience; the stencil-coloured film seemed to suggest working texturally, building up from base textures, to outlines, to filling in. I created sounds of glass, various woods and metals. The process became intense at times (and sometimes interfered with my sleep patterns, as I kept thinking of textures and structures to go with certain sequences in the film) so I made a lot of notes when I wasn't sitting directly in front of the visuals.

Creating music is a never-ending process of changes to approach and the process seems to be as malleable as sound itself.