GESTURE PIECE – a film with a score by 7 artists

A film by Vicki Bennett [2013]
Soundtracks by :
Andrew Sharpley [00:06] | Matmos [01:02] | Wobbly [05:08] | Gwilly Edmondez [07:48] | Dave Soldier [09:38] | Jason Willett [11:02] | Ergo Phizmiz [13:23]

Gwilly Edmondez, Matmos, Ergo Phizmiz, Andrew Sharpley, Dave Soldier, Jason Willett and Wobbly each composed a score for a chapter of GESTURE PIECE, without any knowledge of who else was collaborating on the project or what the rest of the film would look or sound like.

The completed film stitches back together the seven chapters with their individual soundtracks, creating new connections between apparently unrelated film sequences. The result is a fascinating and witty reinterpretation of familiar film footage, with scenes arranged in surprising and often very funny combinations.

The title of “Gesture Piece” is partly self-explanatory – within human communication it is part of our hard circuitry that for instance we use hand gestures to articulate our speech, which is essentially graphically describing/enforcing audio or spoken discourse. Even when spoken language is not present, a whole series of hand and facial gestures are available to us to communicate expressions. By making a film that both contains human gestures (hands, facial, movement) as well as gestures made by natural and mechanical occurrences we are setting up the conditions for a dialogue between the graphical elements on the films and the improvisers, both with the film as well as with each other.

Background info
Gesture Piece @Tyneside Cinema
Review in This Is Tomorrow Magazine
Interview with a-n Magazine
Interview with SyncTank
Interview with Dominic Smith

Screenings
October 2014 – Other Cinema, San Francisco
October 2013 – Gesture Piece at High Zero Festival, Baltimore

Click on thumbnails to download stills:
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Diagram of subjects - created in the development of the film by Vicki Bennett

Diagram of subjects – created in the development of the film by Vicki Bennett

Still from Gesture Piece by Vicki Bennett

Still from Gesture Piece by Vicki Bennett

Gesture Piece has a sister project, Notations – a film created for live performance by selected improvising musicians and artists.  When these two projects began, they shared the same umbrella name of Gesture Piece (the live performance was tested at Tectonics Festival in Reykjavik and Tel Aviv), but as the work developed it felt natural to separate them out into different names as they became two unique and separate entities.

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Radio Boredcast is now a 24/7 Radio Stream!

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People Like Us have revamped the DO or DIY radio stream, and as of Noon EDT on 3rd April 2013 it is now streaming Radio Boredcast!

Radio Boredcast is a 744-hour online radio project that celebrates all things SLOW.  And fast too, actually.  Crank it up to wind down and enjoy this selection of specially made radio shows by 100 different artists and some WFMU DJs too!

Click and listen to the 24/7 Radio Boredcast stream here.
(Download the little file linked to above – the stream works through iTunes so let your computer launch this application if prompted.  If it doesn’t launch then find the small file that you downloaded and double-click on it)

Those of you who already have the DO or DIY stream bookmarked, it will automatically switch over to the new stream for you.

Matmos: M.C. Schmidt, Drew Daniels

You can also listen to Radio Boredcast shows on demand here.
More on the history of Radio Boredcast here.

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Gwilly Edmondez on DO or DIY

Wednesday 20th July 2011 on DO or DIY with People Like Us
Gwilly Edmondez

This special mix for DO or DIY features new material from Gwilly, which continues to pursue a reckless collision of live vocals and collage improvised wherever and whenever, alongside other stuff from Felt Beak posts and recent and forthcoming Kakutopia releases.
Gwilly Edmondez is one of four artists in one person he shares with Gustav Thomas, Virginia Pipe and Copydex. He performs and records solo, as well as in Falco Subbuteo (with Val Persona) and occasionally with Sound of Aircraft Attacking Britain and Radioactive Sparrow (of which he was a founder member in 1980). Gwilly comes from Bridgend in South Wales and is now based in the Northeast of England. His most recent adventure has been the anarcho-thon Felt Beak, a profligate praxis bulletin that courts the flagrantly prolific. He gave up smoking in the 90s.

http://www.kakutopia.com
http://feltbeak.tumblr.com

Gwilly Edmondez on DO or DIY

Gwilly Edmondez on DO or DIY with People Like Us
Wednesday 8th September

On WFMU at 7pm NY time

Improvising vocalist and sampler-spitter Gwilly Edmondez joins People Like Us to talk about paperweights, bog-standard footwear and 50 Pence, while dashing off a handful of 21st century pop songs that are already ahead of their time. In a revealing discussion, Gwilly helps unravel some of the mysteries of modern awareness while promoting the complete decomposition of all music.

http://www.kakutopia.com
http://www.ubu.com/sound/edmondez.html
http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Gwilly_Edmondez