Music: Silent ReMasters begins with Supermarket’s rescore of ‘The Cabinet of Dr Caligari’


Silent Remasters 2009 – New Scores for Silent Films

On Thursday the 26th of November at 7.30pm, the 2009 season of the Media Resource Centre‘s ‘Silent ReMasters’ program brings to the people of Adelaide the first of four classic silent films, each driven by an exciting new musical score. Each score will be performed live by a variety of ensembles, ranging from solo DJ-driven sets through to orchestras with upwards of twenty instrumentalists. The initiative has run annually for several years now, and goes from strength to strength. The screening event series is proudly supported in 2009 by APRA and Billy Hyde Music.

Supermarket has the launching honours this year and I will be augmenting Robert Wiene’s classic horror film with a variety of electronic and electro-acoustic beats from dub through to drum ‘n’ bass. Expect the cobwebs to be blasted out of this pioneering film of the genre, as I play live overdubs on a strange miscellany of intrumentation, including a theremin.

In the studio, rolling out Supermarket beats
In the studio, rolling out Supermarket beats

It’s been an intense couple of weeks setting up and then setting to work in my home studio. It’s been great to get back to making music in a concentrated way.. I’ve not spent so much uninterrupted time making music since Emma Sterling and I launched Supermarket way back in 2007. While at this stage our re-score is a one-off performance, we’re hoping to tour with the work in the future, and will be looking into the possibility of a remix project and subsequent release. Feel free to contact us if you’re interested in booking a performance in your town in the future.

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Art: Supermarket DJ/VJ sets at ‘Art on the Square’

Things are about to kick into gear for our audio-visual breakbeat electronic music project Supermarket for 2009, starting tomorrow. Around September last year, the City of Charles Sturt council contacted us after reading an article about us on the great local music culture website musicsa.com.au . Plans were made for us to perform at the Summer in the Square season of events, taking place in the prominent beachfront location (known best for its great restaurants and watering holes).

Since we are known in Adelaide for straddling the divides between art, cinema and music we were booked for Art in the Square (which happens Feb. 15) and are responsible for setting much of the ambience on the day through our musical offerings and video mixing. You can also read about the other artists who are performing and exhibiting work on the day by reading the flyer. The video setup will be the first time we’ve used more than two screens live, as we string together a projector, and (if all goes well) five televisions at the outdoor location.

Summer on the Square featuring Supermarket
'Summer on the Square' featuring Supermarket

Our three ours of audio-visual bliss will be divided three ways. The first and last breackets (2-3 pm and 4-5pm) will be DJ/VJ sets, with myself on the selections, and Em working her video mixing rig. The tunes wil have a feel-good Summer tilt to them, and will cover the breakbeat spectrum from dub and funk through to dancehall, breaks, house and liquid drum n bass. I’ll give the show an international spin too, with some beats from unlikely places.

In between DJ/VJ sets we’ll deliver our Supermarket performance. The show will be very similar to the one we showcased last August during the South Australian Living Artists festival, after returning from our 2nd North American tour. For a little teaser/memory jogger, I’ve embedded our piece Optech 1 (featuring the track Casionassis) below. The show will mix a live video feed with prepared video and audio samples, and a master a/v track. The install should be pretty neat, and we’ve enlisted Harriet, a creative young artist to shoot some video on the day so we can share it with our far away friends.

Now if you’re reading this and wondering why we didn’t publicize the show earlier, there’s rhyme and reason to it. The main focus of our Supermarket energy is this year’s Fringe run of shows: Basement Beats. In many ways we’re breaking the drought of shows over the past few months with Art on the Square, and also road-testing it on a truly general, beach-going public. Drop in to Henley Square if you’re up for some lazy beachside vibes tomorrow, or drop back here to the blog next week for the rinse-out!

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