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Glasgow Short Film Festival 2014 - Pulse

The Arches, February 13th
in the city there are eight million stories. One of these is 'Pulse', a collaboration between film-maker Ruth Paxton and Grammy nominated composer Dobrinka Tabakova. The world premiere of this thirteen-minute impressionistic noir opens this year's Glasgow Short Film Festival accompanied by
a live rendition of Tabakova's Gamelan-based score.

We started off talking about the idea of the city,” says Paxton of an idea which developed after the Royal Philharmonic Society, who had commissioned Paxton's earlier film, 'Rockhaven', suggested the collaboration. “There was the idea too of this basic human need to connect, and we talked about someone sending a distress signal.”

'Pulse' eventually won the RPS a PRS for Music Foundation commission.

With the film's Glasgow screening preceded by a selection of short works by Tabakova, music and image are as inseparable as they were in Paxton's film, 'Nevada', which was shown at GSFF 2013 with a live score played by nouveau-folk trio, Lau.

The fact that Dobrinka and I developed it together will make it a richer thing to watch,” says Paxton, “and hearing the music played live will definitely enrich the experience.”


CCA, February 14th, 11am
Three sessions on the relationship between sound and image opens with makers of 'Pulse', Ruth Paxton and Dobrinka Tabakova. Former Y'All Is Fantasy Island vocalist Adam Stafford follows alongside sound designer Marcin Knyziak and composer Daniel Padden, who worked on Stafford's second film, No Hope For Men Below. Sam Firth and composer Fraya Thomsen end with a look at Stay The Same, in which Firth filmed herself in the same spot every day for a year.

Fleming House Car Park, Renfrew Street, February 14th, 10.30pm
Artist and performer Michelle Hannah's live art multi-media nightclub inspired by The Walker Brothers 1978 swansong, Nite Flights, moves into a disused underground car park, where a dozen artists, including Douglas Morland and Linder Sterling, making her first visit to Glasgow since performing her thirteen-hour epic, 'The Darktown Cakewalk, at GI 2010, explore the gifts of sound and vision anew.

The Art School, February 15th, 7pm
Percussionist and musical polymath Alex Neilson provides live accompaniment to a trio of films with three very disparate troupes. While saxophone/drums duo, Death Shanties, accompany Lucy Stein and Shana Moulton's film, Polventon, vocal harmony ensemble The Crying Lion and artist Oliver Mezger revisit Orkney-born film-maker Margaret Tait's 1966 short, The Big Sheep. The grand finale comes with Trembling Bells suitably raucous accompaniment to Rory Stewart's portrait of legendary boozer, the Port O'Leith.

The Art School, February 15th, 10.30pm
It's more than a decade since Newcastle-sired veteran electronic duo Zoviet France appeared at Tramway to perform 'The Decriminalisation of Country Music'. Now in their fourth decade of existence, these contemporaries of Cabaret Voltaire and Throbbing Gristle blow the dust off their home-made kit for a bill that also features film, video and analog synth auteur, Konx-om-Pax, aka Tom Scholefield, as well as a DJ set from Mark Maxwell of Glasgow's long-standing purveyors of electronic sounds, Rubadub. At time of writing, attendance by Optimo's JD Twitch has still to be confirmed.


The List, January 2014


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