THE DELIAN MODE + THE OUTSIDER: THE STORY OF HARRY PARTCH

2010-11-04

THE DELIAN MODE
Kara Blake | Canada 2009 | 25min. | Video | English

Plays with:
THE OUTSIDER: THE STORY OF HARRY PARTCH
Darren Chesworth | UK 2002 | 59 min. | Video | English

Thursday, November 4th
Doors: 7:45pm
Film: 8:30pm

The Delian Mode - Winner of the Genie for Best Short Film, 2010

The Delian Mode is a short experimental documentary revolving around the life and work of electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire, best known for her groundbreaking sound treatment of the Doctor Who theme music. A collage of sound and image created in the spirit of Derbyshire’s unique approach to audio creation and manipulation, this film illuminates such soundscapes onscreen while paying tribute to a woman whose work has influenced electronic musicians for decades.

The film features interviews with Brian Hodgson and Dick Mills of the now defunct BBC Radiophonic Workshop, the founder of Electronic Music Studios Peter Zinovieff, musicians Peter Kember (Sonic Boom), Adrian Utley (Portishead), Ann Shenton (Add N to X) and David Vorhaus, who, along with Derbyshire and Brian Hodgson, formed the first incarnation of the band White Noise in 1969. The band’s first release was the groundbreaking album An Electric Storm featuring a variety of tape manipulation techniques and use of the VCS3 synthesizer developed by EMS.

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The Outsider is an ultra-rare BBC documentary about the legendary American composer and instrument creator Harry Partch (June 24, 1901 – September 3, 1974). He was one of the first twentieth-century composers to work extensively and systematically with microtonal scales, writing much of his music for custom-made instruments that he built himself, tuned in 11-limit (43-tone) just intonation - meanwhile living as a railroad-riding hobo for 9 years during the Great Depression!

Bob Gilmore, author of Harry Partch: A Biography writes:
“I was a sort of unofficial consultant for a very good documentary film on Partch, The Outsider: the Story of Harry Partch, directed by Darren Chesworth, first screened on BBC4 in 2002. This 58-min documentary deserves a wide circulation. It includes much footage of Partch, together with interviews with Philip Glass, Gavin Bryars, and most (though not all) of the main Partch heavies: Philip Blackburn, Betty Freeman, Danlee Mitchell, Stephen Pouliot, John Schneider, Jon Szanto and myself.”

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The Delian Mode - Gagnant du Génie pour le Meilleur court métrage documentaire, 2010

The Delian Mode est un court métrage documentaire expérimental gravitant autour de la vie et du travail de la pionnière de la musique électronique Delia Derbyshire, mieux connue pour son traitement innovateur de la musique thème de Doctor Who. Un collage de son et d'image dans l'esprit de l'approche unique de Derbyshire à la création et manipulation audio, ce film illumine ses paysages sonores tout en payant hommage à une femme dont le travail a influencé les musiciens électroniques pour des décennies.

Le film contient des entrevues avec Brian Hodgson et Dick Mills du défunt BBC Radiophonic Workshop, le fondateur du Electronic Music Studios Peter Zinovieff, les musiciens Peter Kember (Sonic Boom), Adrian Utley (Portishead), Ann Shenton (Add N to X) et David Vorhaus, qui, avec Derbyshire et Brian Hodgson, ont formé la première incarnation du groupe White Noise en 1969. Le premier disque du groupe était l'album An Electric Storm mettant en vedette une variété de techniques de manipulation de ruban et l'utilisation du synthétiseur VCS3 développé par EMS.

Présenté avec THE OUTSIDER: THE STORY OF HARRY PARTCH.

(traduction: Emilie Christiansen)

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