With The Doomed Bird of Providence’s EP the process of making the songs required a fairly radical adjustment of the supplied sounds provided for the project. The main intention was to supply a range of songs to accompany short visual pieces. For this reason the band’s foray into LDWR had a twofold intention; the band were creating short soundtracks as well as incorporating and manipulating the bank of LDWR sounds across the four songs.
The four songs soundtrack four films (either short films or excerpts)…
1. In the Terror of the Moment
This piece was written to accompany the climatic scene towards the end of the 1927 film adaption of Marcus Clarke’s ‘For the Term of His Natural Life’. It involves a ship sinking on stormy seas and the two main characters anticipating watery graves.
2. Safety at Sea
Written for part of a 20 minute ‘safety at sea’ documentary involved lightships, lighthouses and model boats often replacing real ones for the more dramatic scenes. It is possibly the most jolly piece of music ever released by the band.
Written to accompany Donna Kendrigan’s 1997 animation ‘Seabound’. The animation involves is a sort of high seas Brothers Quay incorporating a drunken seaman, prosthetic limbs and a captured mermaid.
4. The Wounded Platelayer
A piece to accompany part of what is left of Australia’s first ever feature ‘The Story of the Kelly Gang’ (1906). Most of this film has been destroyed, the rest suffering nitrate damage which has left only distorted fragments of the Kelly Gang’s capture.
The Doomed Bird of Providence’s debut album, Will Ever Pray, was released in 2011 to critical acclaim, followed by the single The Bell of the Jardines. 2013 will see their follow up to Will Ever Pray and a new live set up on tour across the UK.
Find out more at www.doomedbird.com
Front & Follow presents a series of interpretations of Sone Institute’s album A Model Life, featuring remixes from Dollboy, Kemper Norton, The Doomed Bird of Providence and Nick Rundall. A Model Life brings Roman Bezdyk’s unique and ambitious style out to play again with the follow-up to 2010’s Curious Memories.
And we have a new mix up, collecting our releases in 2012 – listen over at mixcloud.
Our Collision/Detection series continues with v6 by Kemper Norton, available to download now from all the usual places.
Hear the track ‘Him’ below:
And this is what Joe Stannard (The Outer Church/Mojo/Wire/NME) has to say about it:
“When it comes to Brighton’s Kemper Norton… where to start? Having followed his progress through a series of remarkable releases and live shows, I can state with confidence that there are few artists whose appreciation of the British folk tradition is so keenly matched by their faith in its ability to evolve. With each release, each live performance, Kemper has demonstrated increased confidence and adventurousness. His contribution to Front & Follow’s consistently impressive Collision/Detection series represents yet another advance, aided in no small part by the introduction of his own vocals into the mix alongside electronics and live instrumentation. Close-miked and intimate, Kemper’s tones serve to amplify the already pervasive uncanny qualities of the music. Some may detect the influence of Coil, Fovea Hex, even Autechre – the fact of the matter is that Kemper’s music is utterly unique. If that sounds fanciful in an age when some would have us believe the well has run dry… just listen. And believe.” – Joe Stannard (The Outer Church, The Wire, Mojo, NME)
“Abandon hope listeners, for this CD drags your ears off to the deepest, darkest parts of the woods and commits unspeakable acts upon them … Possibly the best in the Collision/Detection experiment so far, this fifth entry is a hauntingly sick EP, perfect listening for the inevitable encroaching darkness of autumn.”
Its been played on 6 Music by Lauren Laverne, Gideon Coe, Tom Ravenscroft and Don Letts, and featured in The Wire. A few choice words below:
album over at the release page here**
We are delighted to announce that the new Sone Institute will be released on Monday 10th September. Its a wonderful new sonic adventure from Roman Bezdyk, capturing the development of his sound over the last 18 months. Check out a couple of tracks below, and a video feature the wonderful artwork for the album.
Sone Institute also now has a website – check out soneinstitute.co.uk
The aim with this EP was to adapt the more abstract samples to melodic songform, whilst retaining their essential atmosphere. As the four songs were composed and recorded, a pastoral theme organically emerged, with each track describing a waypoint in an imaginary journey. “Into The Forest Of Eyes” also marks the next installment in the band’s ongoing Mouse Opera.