Soundtracks For The City
Devised and compiled by Ian Helliwell, the Soundtracks For The City series of films give a new lease of life to old Super 8 tourist footage found in flea markets and second hand shops. The uncut versions of these promotional films (1940-1970), originally silent and depicting big cities around the world, form the basis of the series. Their fine cinematography, balanced compositions and sympathetic postcard-like mood represent classic commissioned film, a genre that has now all but vanished. Helliwell asked a group of musicians he knew to compose music inspired by these nostalgic, faded city visions. At their best, the results are pretty eccentric and include the Birmingham group Pramâ€™s subtle post-rock impressions of the Rio carnival, Tele:funkenâ€™s precise view of Genevaâ€™s idyllic history, Testcardâ€™s hectic speeding during a motobike trip from London to Paris, and last but not least, Op:l Bastardâ€™s stylized electro-acoustic adventures in merry Copenhagen.
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