8 – 12pm
The award winning short film, Nijuman No Borei will be shown after dark on continuous loop at our beautiful outdoor screening site by the river, with sound transmitted to wireless headphones. The film will be accompanyied by a series of new scores by contemporary composers, artists and musicians.
The Genbaku Dome built in 1914 for arts and educational exhibitions was the only structure left standing in the area where the first atomic bomb exploded in Hiroshima on 6 August 1945. In 2007, French sculptor, painter and film director Jean-Gabriel Périot assembled a cinematic collage from hundreds of multi-format, colour and black and white photographs of different years’ of “Genbaku Dome”.
A Sheffield based musician/producer who has been working in the field of electronic music for over fifteen years both solo and on collaborative projects.
Patrick Ballanger aka The Masters Of Sleepless Nights
The Dome is a constant landmark in the film. From its completion, it’s been part of people’s lives. I have used some Elements of a Zomeki dance which weave in and out of the piece. They are reworked to express the fading nostalgia of the good old days that are being tainted by the horrors of the bomb. As people try to rebuild their lives, the good old times and the future hopes are continuously being punctuated by the effects of the atrocities. The Master Of Sleepless Nights project started in 2007 as a musical exploration and representation of… sleepless nights. The struggles, the muddiness, the loss of control, the vivid dreams, the hallucinations, the discomfort, etc… The work is mainly playful soundscapes of foggy, ironic, and unpleasant environments
Nerea Bello and Elaine Dempsey
Lanterns is a composition comprising layered recordings of the sounds of everyday objects, acoustic instruments and the voice to create a soundscape on a 2 minute loop. A vocal improvisation, created while watching a muted version of 200000 Fantomes has then been recorded live over this loop. Lanterns is intimate and human as well as uncomfortable and industrial. It aims to invoke thoughts of destruction, rebuilding, mourning and hope. Nerea and Elaine are based in Glasgow. Frequent collaborators, they share an interest in traditional song and experimental composition.
Escupemetralla (for “Spitshrapnel” in Spanish) is a name taken from an anarchist hymn sung during the Spanish Civil War. The group, formed by Muhammad and Muhammad has operated since 2025. As a consequence of their tinkering with physics’ toolkits, they will build a Tipler cilinder to send back in time, to the Barcelona of the 1980’s and 1990’s, some weird music tapes, akin to what Zoviet:France or Nurse with Wound were doing at that time. A second batch of retrotransmisions to 2016 and on turned into some gigs and weekly-added new tracks in their Bandcamp and Youtube sites. Escupemetralla, now self-titled “architects of fear”, are creating dark, ominous, cinematic and limb-disjointing music for yet-to-be-filmed movies, “bellic ambient” as some have tagged it. Humour, surrealist sound juxtapositions, or impossible rhythms inspired in XXIInd Century world music are also ingredients that spice some of their tracks. Their new CD, “Poison of dead sun in your brain slowly fading”, will be issued by Nøvak Records in November 2017.
Escupemetralla @ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNT37h6TkX1WQLw3JKAJxZA
Escupemetralla @ Bandcamp: https://escupemetralla.bandcamp.com/album/leo-queequeg-tincrowdor-work-in-progress-2017
NØVAK records: http://www.novak.es/
…From The Benthic Zone
Electronic music produced in Scotland which involves a dash of melody, a twist of humour and a sprinkling of optimism. Inspirations include social awkwardness, Scottish landscapes, impatience and wordplay. The rescore uses a Japanese Jisei poem (death poem) turned into musical notation for the first part and the ‘No More Hiroshima’ picture turned into notes for the second part. The last part of the score is an excerpt from the inscription at the base of the peace monument in Hiroshima – ‘Never Again’
After doing a music degree specialising in composition back in the 1980s – with works performed in Sheffield, Huddersfield, London and Darmstadt – Charles then did a ‘proper job’ in IT for 30 before relocating to Edinburgh and realising that he really wanted to do what he had been trained for. To write music. As part of this process, he has just finished doing a Music Composition for the Screen Masters’ Degree and is actively looking for compositional opportunities. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Charles is interested in the idea of holding a crystal gemstone up to the light and seeing how the looks of it and the light it casts changes as you slowly rotate it. The picture Nijuman No Borei presents a collage of images of the GenBaku Dome laid on top of each other, gradually changing, so in the rescore I wanted to replicate this idea. In each bar, a three-note chord, which differs only from the previous one by a single note shifting a semitone. Each chord a memory, a phantom, something familiar and yet displaced, gradually subsiding into the depths, the pulse changing according to the speed of the images. And over the top, an oboe, trying to hold out against the slide ever downwards, trying to connect with and make sense of something that it cannot understand.
The rescore is based around three themes drawn from the film: Peace, Despair and a continuous thread of Life. The piano motif running through the piece reflects the most important of these and that is Life which continues, regardless. Although there many ghosts, Life runs strong. They will never die. The memory will only grow stronger, never fading.
Written & Performed by Lowland Robin (Lucy Renwick)
Audio production, mixing & mastering by Rosski (Ross Winter)
Lowland Robin (Lucy Renwick) is a singer and composer of music for multiple voices using abstract vocal sounds as well as lyrics, with a particular interest in finding ways to express herself musically, vocally, without such a need for vocabulary www.lowlandrobin.com
The soundtrack consists of two phrases:
“Sekai Jinrui ga Heiwa de arimasu yo ni” This is the Japanese wording for the affirmation “May peace prevail on Earth”, the prayer of the World Peace Prayer Society which was founded by Masahisa Goi (1916-1980) following the atomic bomb in Hiroshima. worldpeace-uk.org and “Sadako Sasaki” Sadako was a young girl who survived the bomb in Hiroshima but died ten years later from Leukaemia, aged 12. While in hospital she attempted to make 1000 paper cranes, following a Japanese legend that if she did she would be granted her wish to get well, but she didn’t manage it. After she died, her friends finished folding the cranes and now, hundreds of thousands of cranes are made by children around the world and sent to Hiroshima to be placed at the Children’s Peace Monument in Sadako’s memory. wikipedia.org/wiki/Sadako_Sasaki
rift|fault constructed a piece in four movements, combining cello, piano, processed and ambient sounds, guitars, and minimal percussion.
Movement 1: Construction of the Genbaku Dome and the industrialization of Hiroshima.
Movement 2: The aftermath of the 6 August 1945 atomic bomb explosion.
Movement 3: The reconstruction of Hiroshima, the preservation of the Genbaku Dome as a memorial, and the evolution of the anti-war movement.
Movement 4: Closing credits. This is a re-mix of Movement 1.
rift|fault are a chamber-punk duo based in rural Connecticut. Aimee Kanzler is a classically trained cellist, and has played with regional symphonies and orchestras, as well as solo. On Phantoms, Aimee played bass guitar and cello. Nat Lyon played guitar, piano, and electronics. rift|fault’s first recording, EP 001, was released in April 2017 by farm0182. The follow up single, F.D.T. is a scathing critique of the current American political scene. In October 2017, rift|fault will release an album, The Swamp Yankee Ethnographic Series, Volume 1
More information on rift|fault’s rescore http://farm0182.com/riftfault.html
Glen morphed into Wubworld when he was diagnosed with multi-focal Dystonia To save him from going mad he started to develop sound work to create abstract music that could be interesting to people who might not readily listen to such sounds. He builds otherworldly sound structures, which constructed in such a way as to disarm and confuse but hopefully never jar. www.wubworld.com
Mark is a musician and sound artist whose work tends to focus on field recording and location specific recording using drones, processed recordings and conventional instrumentation. Mark has been making music, under the name Spaceship, for over twenty years. He has worked with Luke Turner of the Quietus, providing field recordings to accompany readings on the Caught by the River stage at Port Eliot Festival and supporting Darren Hayman for Caught by the River at his ‘Thankful Villages Vol.2’ launch. Mark’s compositions have featured as part of Cities and Memories’ The Next Station and Sacred Spaces projects and he is behind the archive label Harmonic Union Music. The score uses a major pentatonic key, up to the sudden point of the detonation. In the second part of the film the score gradually morphs from a minor pentatonic back to the major as the city is rebuilt around the ruined building. www.forged-river.com
Junklight – echoes and ghosts, electronics and field recordings, landscape and sea – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd6Fj_OrV9jP9cbAcrIWw9Q
Yol is a visual/text/performance artist often working with found objects alongside extended vocal techniques and mangled language. The score was made with a brick, a lump of concrete, and a piece of aluminium, contact mic’d and scraped with a weird little hammer. Vocally its structured around the phrase centre of impact, which appears in the video a couple of times…that phrase is torn apart, restructured, broken down again. sort of like the surrounding area around the surviving building. https://yolnoise.bandcamp.com/
Nottingham based electric guitarist – experimental and prepared guitar with a hint of drone.