Thursday, 22 April 2010

Chromatic Mysteries

Arthur Cantrill
Arthur Cantrill
The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) presents Chromatic Mysteries, a one-off event of live soundtrack performance to accompany a screening of Arthur and Corinne Cantrills' films.

The event will celebrate the 50 year anniversary of their filmmaking career as well as the launch of Chromatic Mysteries: Soundtracks 1963-2009 CD by Arthur Cantrill, published by Shame File Music. The CD documents a selection of Arthur's soundtracks from as early as 1963 through to his most recent work and celebrates their re-birth through this special CD Launch.

Arthur and Corinne Cantrill, arguably Australia's most important experimental filmmakers, have been making stunning innovative films since 1960 and 2010 marks the fifty-year anniversary of their filmmaking career.

The Cantrills started by making art documentaries and they soon moved to experimental filmmaking. Throughout the last half-century the Cantrills have been intensely prolific, leading the field of avant-garde film in Australia and internationally. Their film work is represented around the world in film collections such as the Musée national d'art moderne (Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris), New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), PRÉA (Avignon), The British Council, and the National Library of Australia. Their films have also been shown at the Centre Pompidou, The Louvre and at MoMA, as well as other art museums and film festivals.

Yet little attention has been paid to the soundtracks of the Cantrills' films - all composed by Arthur Cantrill - who was largely responsible for the sound and editing of their films. Many of the scores for the Cantrills' films were realised using a range of ingenious methods on the cutting edge of electronic and environmental music development in Australia over the last fifty years, such as using improvised violins, the inside of pianos and tape manipulation. The soundtracks range sonically from subtly composed environmental soundscapes to abstract electronic music and musique concrète.

This one-off program features a selection of the Cantrills' short films projected by the Cantrills themselves along with live accompaniment to the films from some of Melbourne's best known sound artists including Robin Fox, Undecisive God and Audio Slurry (Jack and Jerry).

Chromatic Mysteries combines live performance, experimental film and sound, and takes place on Sunday 6 June at ACMI's Studio 1.

Date: Sunday 6 June at 5pm
Venue: Studio 1, ACMI, Federation Square
Tickets: $10
Duration: 2 hours

Further information

Samatha Chater
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