Examining the depopulation of rural townships in Saskatchewan, this version will feature an additional soundtrack to the short film “The Elevator at Parkbeg”, by Elysia Bourne recorded at the same time.
Features contributions from Andrew Lee (In Media Res) and Ronan McGrath (All My Evils).
THURSDAY, JULY 25, 2013: PRESERVES
A screening and live sound performance staged at the Roxy Cinema at 7PM. 320 20th St West, Saskatoon, SK, Canada. Sound augmentation and synthesis by Gary Mentanko (Depatterning) with films by Clark Nikolai, Shawn Fulton, Susan Shantz, and Shona J. Dietz.
Tickets to the Sounds Like Art Festival can be purchased at: http://soundslikefest.tumblr.com/
Despite the fact that I’ve been living in Europe for the last few years, my devout and perhaps naive interest in representing a Canadian childhood in memory seems to have paid off. A couple of months ago I was asked to re-score a series of archived films from the AKA Gallery in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, only as few hours away from where I was born. I’m also privileged to get to attend and perform my work for the Sound Like Festival this July, hosted by PAVED Arts.
Here’s a glimpse of the films I have been working with, most of them produced between the 80′s and 90′s when I spent a lot of time watching the Beachcombers on television. Apologize to the directors if I muddle up the themes and/or plot.
A bizarre looping film in which a man is seemingly haunted by a recurring homeless man. Lots of fantastic but jarring bus sounds.
“Any Where But Here” by Shawn Fulton
A film in two parts. First we observe a middle aged man’s denile of age through his obsession with his spoiling jack-o-lantern. The second half follows a young man on the the road who encounters an interesting creature. Weird stuff.
A documentary following one Ukrainian woman’s incredible collection of intricately patterned quilts. Though she humbly presents them as simple projects, she’s seems to have basically weaved the entire cosomos and geometric consciousness into dozens of cozy piles. Amazing.
Another documentary, though this one allows the setting to act as the narrator as the filmmaker tries to reconcile her memories with the passing of time in her grandparent’s house. A film that has illuminated something in me.
The Sounds Like Festival takes place Thursday, July 25 through Saturday, July 27th, 2013 in Saskatoon, SK, Canada.
On my mind, seemingly for more than a decade:
Lev Sergeevich Termen
Ghost Box art
Limited to 100 copies, with all copies being made of a different species of wood, the next Depatterning release, The Woodlander’s Index EP is now available here.
Are you a oak man or a yew lass? Hardwood or soft? Should trees be considered a crop?
Each handmade copy of the Woodlander’s Index will also contain:
- a 3″ CD
- a 3″ DVD with foresting videos from Joshua Rogers (HBO, NASA)
- an individualized “woods of the world” fact card
- wise words from Philip Larkin
Christian Tizya’s documentary on the legend, condition and prophecy of the Windigo, “Heart of Ice” is now available for purchase at Watson Street.
$9.99 for digital download.
$19.99 for DVD (including shipping).
Features howls and drones from Depatterning.