Coming soon! – “Past Lives” performance: archive film footage and live musical accompaniment

Dave Sturt and Theo Travis of ‘Cipher’

We are thrilled and excited to be working with Cipher’s musicians and artists to present this wonderful film heritage and musical event. Cipher have collaborated with visual artist Anthony Hatton to produce a thought-provoking and engaging visual and live musical experience using little seen footage from the Media Archive of Central England, including local images of Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, West Midlands and Nottinghamshire. 

The music is composed by renowned musicians Theo Travis (flute, sax – David Sylvian, Steven Wilson, Robert Fripp) and Dave Sturt (fretless bass/sound design – Gong, Steve Hillage, Bill Nelson). They will perform with guest musicians Deirdre Benscik (cello) and Clare Bhabra (violin) from the renowned Sinfonia ViVA

Capturing moving images is now commonplace with mobile phones and pocket cameras, but before the digital age it wasn’t so easy. Small format movie  cameras were the liberating technology of the mid-20th Century, giving ordinary people the chance to record everyday events on their 8mm and 16mm cameras.

a bit about Cipher……
Dave Sturt and Theo Travis have been developing their own original film scores since 1996 utilizing contemporary digital sound-processing techniques, acoustic instruments, voices and natural sounds. Their music features the use of looping technology, effects, improvisation, and melodic composition. The music is intense, emotional, often dark, spontaneous and lyrical.

the workshops…….some venues will be running workshops on the day of the performance – please ring to check.  They will demonstrate how to create a soundtrack and will give people a chance to play to a scene from the film. The workshop will include basic improvisation techniques, ‘capturing a mood’, exploring musical themes, using music technology in live performance and discovering the hidden potential of musical instruments. Interested musicians of all ages and all standards welcome.

our sponsors…….

A very big thank you to the following sponsors who have helped make this happen – Arts Council England, Derbyshire County Council and The QUAD, Derby


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  1. Pingback: Sneaky Peak Behind-the-Scenes Photos of Cipher’s Rehearsal of Upcoming ‘Past Lives’ Musical/ Archive Film Performance | MACE Blog

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