new tindersticks film & music project “Minute Bodies” in 2017

The complete Minute Bodies CD/DVD LP/DVD and Bluray/DVD editions


final Update – 6
: from today’s (13th June 2017) City Slang Newsletter send-out :

“Tindersticks – Last Copies Of ‘Minute Bodies’

The pre-order has ended and the limited edition LP/DVD as well as the CD/DVD version of Tindersticks’ ‘Minute Bodies: The intimate world of F. Percy Smith’ is now sold out on Bandcamp. You will be able to get the last physical copies at record stores from Friday on and also at the bands remaining shows.

(Minute Bodies) shows: 17.06. London, 29.06. Metz, 02.07. Paris, 16.08. Hamburg ”

 

Update – 5: LP/DVD edition is delayed and will be released later (depending on the shops you pre-ordered from 16th June 2017  upwards). The CD/DVD edition is being available/shipped at the moment to arrive on the expected release date of 9th June 2017.

The Strangler/Percy’S Dream Video (Promo):


Update – 4: The first few copies of the LP/DVD edition were sold at the Cirque Royal concert on 14th May, though with a misprinted artwork booklet – For the regular release the artwork booklet will be reprinted in the correct way.

the BFI 2 disc Bluray/DVD release will come with “Special Features
Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition
A selection of films encapsulating the genius and art of F Percy Smith

Illustrated booklet with full film credits and essays by Bryony Dixon, Tim Boon, and Stuart A Staples

… and some more technical details:

“UK | 2016 | black and white | 53 + 64 minutes | silent with music | original aspect ratio 1.33:1 | cert U (No material likely to offend or harm) | BD50: 1080p, 24fps, PCM 2.0 stereo audio (48kHz/24-bit), region free| DVD9: PAL, 25fps, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo audio (320kbps), region 0”

(source amazon.co.uk description)

Update-3: Minute Bodies: The intimate world of F. Percy Smith will be released on 9 June 2017 as a limited edition of each 3000 copies on LP+DVD and CD+DVD. You can pre-order it already via Bandcamp, here:https://tindersticks.bandcamp.com/

Additionally there will be a combined Bluray/DVD edition from the BFI available at 12th june 2017. Preorder here at: http://shop.bfi.org.uk/pre-order-minute-bodies-the-intimate-world-of-f-percy-smith.html

source: screenshot official website tindersticks.co.uk
source: Physical Design – from the Bandcamp page of tindersticks.bandcamp.com

Tracklisting:

1.
 Percy’s Theme
2.
Gathering Moss
3.
Magic Myxies
4.
Peas and Ques
5.
Tiny Honey Gatherers
6.
World In a Wine Glass
7.
Fireworks
8.
The Strangler
9.
Percy’s Dream
10.
Brewsters Magic
11.
Reverse Frog
12.
Life Cycle of a Newt
13.
Reproduction Montage
14.
Scarlet Runner
15.
Percy’s Dream (Reprise)

Update-2: Official MB Website is here: https://www.minutebodies.com/

Update-1: “Minute Bodies” is officially announced with more details & trailer on http://www.tindersticks.co.uk/tomorrows/

 

mb-trailer

 

from the official statement:

” Minute bodies: The intimate world of F. Percy Smith

Official selection at London Film Festival.
Premiere at 9pm, 11th October 2016, NFT 1, plus Q&A with Stuart and co-editor David Reeve.

Finally, after three years in the making, Minute Bodies is ready for others to see and hear.

Directed by Stuart and co-edited with David Reeve, it has a musical score by tindersticks with Thomas Belhom and Christine Ott. The music also benefits from great cameo performances from David Coulter (musical saw & nose flute) and Julian Siegel (saxophone)

The LFF describes the film…

‘This meditative, immersive film is a tribute to the astonishing work and achievements of naturalist, inventor and pioneering filmmaker F. Percy Smith.
Smith worked in the early years of the 20th century, developing various cinematographic and micro-photographic techniques to capture nature’s secrets in action.

Minute Bodies is an interpretative edit that combines Smith’s original footage with a new contemporary score to create a hypnotic, alien yet familiar dreamscape that connects us to the sense of wonder Smith must have felt as he peered through his own lenses and seen these micro-worlds for the first time.’

In 2017 there will be a small selection of special live cine-events, the first to be announced is Le Lieu Unique in Nantes on Saturday the 11th, and Sunday the 12th of March.
Minute bodies will feature as one of two sets for the evening…the other set being a special collection of tindersticks songs and music.”

 

The trailer:

 

 

Stuart A. Staples wrote & directed a special film & has done a soundtrack with selected musicians, incl. David Boulter, Thomas Belhom & Christine Ott et al. for this film project “Minute Bodies” *.

 
“We are pleased to announce that 12 exciting new projects have been selected to take part in this year’s edition of Build Your Audience (BYA), our innovative film distribution and marketing training scheme.
 
Minute Bodies
Writer-Director: Stuart A. Staples
Writer-Producer: David Reeve “
 
“Forthcoming projects include Minute Bodiesa co-production with Lucky Dog featuring the world of Percy Smith with a new score by Tindersticks.”
Update: The Film will be premiered at the UK London Film Festival on 11th October 2016 at The BFI Southbank

Tickets & Info here:  https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/lff/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=minutebodiestheintimateworldoffpercysmith&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::context_id=


Tuesday 11 October 2016 21:00
Sonic
BFI Southbank, NFT1

Stuart A Staples will be in conversation following this screening.

Dir Stuart A Staples
Prod David Reeve, Stuart A Staples
UK 2016
55min
UK Distribution BFI

A new collaboration between Tindersticks’ Stuart A Staples and filmmaker David Reeve, this meditative, immersive film is a tribute to the astonishing work and achievements of naturalist, inventor and pioneering filmmaker Frank Percy Smith. Working in the early years of the 20th century, Smith developed various cinematographic and micro-photographic techniques to capture nature in action. Employed in a number of public roles, including the Royal Navy and British Instructional Films, Smith was prolific and driven. He often directed several films simultaneously, determined to capture nature’s hidden terrains. Minute Bodies is an interpretative film that combines Smith’s work with Staples’ contemporary music score to create a hypnotic dreamscape of a world that is both familiar and alien, connecting us to the sense of wonder Smith must have felt as he peered through his lenses to observe these micro-worlds for the very first time.”

The first 2 live Cinema/Movie Concerts for a new project of Stuart A. Staples & David Boulter and other artists have been announced for Nantes (F):

  • 11th October 2016 – BFI Southbank, London, U.K. (World Premiere of the “Minute Bodies” Film & Stuart A. Staples in conversation after the screening – no concert)
  • 11th March 2017 – Le Lieu Unique – National Center for Contemporary Arts, Nantes, France
  • 12th March 2017 – Le Lieu Unique – National Center for Contemporary Arts, Nantes, France

Tickets on sale from 14.06.2016, here: http://www.fnacspectacles.com/place-spectacle/manifestation/Pop-rock-Folk-TINDERSTICKS-2CYP1.htm#/manifestation/bientot_reservable

from the official  Le Lieu Unique programme booklet: https://issuu.com/lieuunique/docs/prog16_17-eng :

“Tindersticks Minute Bodies

Stuart Staples, singer and songwriter for the English group Tindersticks, took an interest in the films of Frank Percy Smith, naturalist, documentarian, and pioneer of several macrophotography techniques in the early 20th century. He offers us a concert with a film made from Smith’s images, and a soundtrack matching both the documentary and abstract motifs. A new, exciting project for the Tindersticks.”

 

other potential concert locations might be Paris, London et al.

 

see details here:

http://www.lelieuunique.com/site/2017/03/11/tindersticks/

minute bodies

source: website screenshot  

from the interview – S.A.Staples (babelfished version from french original) :

“… I worked for several years on this project, based on the film archives. It is an exploration, often a reinvention of the work of Frank Percy Smith, English director who was, in the 1920s and 1930s, pioneered techniques like time-lapse (effect of ultra- accelerated made frame) or microcinematography. For the first time, he revealed the hidden secrets of nature. I first saw The Acrobatic Fly , his most famous film, then I wanted to know more about his work. And the more I saw his films, more ideas come to me, the music seemed to spring. The title Minute Bodies , I borrowed the scientific treatise Micrographia Robert Hooke, a contemporary of Isaac Newton, who reproduced and released the first images seen through a microscope in 1665.

What musicians involved in this project?
The core is constituted of Thomas Belhom , Christine Ott, multi-instrumentalist David Boulter and myself. It all started during a recording session with them. Thomas and Christine are very special musicians, each unique. I really wanted them to be involved from the start. As for David, he brought enormously to the project. Since then, our journey led us to invite other musicians to join us in this world. It’s a very different approach from an album of Tindersticks. The images are both very strong and musically malleable. There are no rules, sometimes no indication of measurement … We could just destroy us.”

 

Official website news:

not announced officially yet. Also unknown if the project runs under the “tindersticks” name – though initial indications (Movie Concerts page in Nantes & other webbits) indicate that it might be so  –  more infos: t.b.a

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* Minute Bodies

Minute Bodies / Micrographia – R. Hooke  – Wikipedia Article  – Photo  “Title Page fo Micrographia” – CC license: public domain

Project Gutenberg:  http://www.gutenberg.org/files/15491/15491-h/15491-h.htm

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tinderbits.tindersticks.de blog design template renovated

I have recently renovated this blog website, so it should now (again) work also on dynamic surroundings like ipad/tablets and iphone/smartphones too.

Though, due to the fact that you can now scroll through all of the entries, the loading time is a bit longer as before.

But the redesign was necessary as the old theme design template was terribly outdated & did not play the embedded videos from youtube and/or vimeo correctly in the end.

Additionally i have added some new widgets.
I hope everything works fine again now !

Thanks for keep visiting this blog & please feel free to comment on the single postings.

Thanks in Advance :)

 

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THE WAITING ROOM 2016 album & film project updates

Details & 2016 concerts for the new THE WAITING ROOM album tour:

Photo from the official website

statement from Stuart A. Staples on the official homepage :

The new album, film project

Hello everyone. Welcome to this next part of our band’s journey.
The new album, ‘The waiting room’, was completed in the summer after a long time of gradual writing and recording. We think it’s pretty strong and a step on (a stride even?) from ‘The something rain’.

I think it’s our first real ‘5 piece’ album. There are some great guest contributions also – Jehnny Beth, Lhasa, Julian Seigel – but it is more or less a balance between the 5 of us.

The song, ‘We are dreamers!’, has been out there a while and ‘Hey Lucinda’ is here below with its great film by British artists Rosie Pedlow and Joe King.

The film is part of ‘The waiting room film project’; collaboration with the Clermont- Ferrand International Short Film Festival, with each song from the album having a short film commissioned specifically for it. The process of working with the festival to identify directors, team them with songs and then carry the conversation through to conclusion has been a long but rewarding one. Myself and Suzanne were even able to explore some of the visual ideas we had for the songs.

It was a great feeling to bring all the works together recently. A dvd of the complete project will be part of the limited edition packages.

Many concerts are being confirmed for the first half of next year. A number of them will be cine concerts with the songs played live to the projected films. The first of these special concerts will be at the Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival.

The artwork comes from a Richard Dumas photo session, as well as the cover image there is a 16 page photo booklet in the LP and CD.

As Neil commented recently ‘This album…it’s a bit of a monster’

Update: another PR text from http://www.tindersticks.co.uk/the-waiting-room/  (end of 11/2015)

“the waiting room

It took 4 years to create, what seemed like, a huge pile of ideas and then sift though them to find the nuggets that form this album. An album essentially made from a collection of first or second takes of shared moments, gently edited down and embellished into the songs here.

After 2102’s ‘the something rain’ tindersticks needed some time to figure out this rebuilt, reinvigorated band we had become. Time needed for it take its own shape. There were welcome diversions – the electronic soundtrack to Claire Denis’ ‘Les Salauds’, the orchestral soundscapes for the Ypres WW1 museum, the ‘Singing skies’ art project and book. And also celebrating our 20th anniversary with a live in the studio album and European tour… moments of coming to terms with our past, being released from it.

From the dissolution of the original line up in 2006 (David Boulter, Neil Fraser and Stuart A. Staples remaining) to the addition of Dan Mckinna (2007) and Earl Harvin (2009). This new incarnation has gradually been finding its own way of approaching ideas within their studio environment of ‘Le chien chanceux’. This was felt keenly with the writing and recording of ‘Help Yourself’ – The first song to be realized for this album – which raised a lot of questions, not least: How do we make an album that this song sits happily in the centre of?

Gradually the other songs began to surface and show themselves. From abstract ideas (‘Were we once lovers?’, ‘How he entered’) to more traditional structures (‘Second chance man’, ‘The waiting room’), and finally to the song we needed to begin the album – A cover version of ‘Follow me’, Bronislau Kaper’s theme from the 1962 version of ‘Mutiny on the bounty’.

Although the recording, production and arrangements were taken care of in-house, the album also benefits hugely from the brass arrangements of Julian Siegel and the singing of Jehnny Beth from Savages on ‘We are dreamers!’.

And a last song with Lhasa.

Lhasa de Sela was a great artist and singer but, more importantly, a close friend and creative ally. Before her death in 2010, when she was fit and well, we recorded the singing for the song ‘Hey Lucinda’ together. It has taken a long time for me to be able to return this recording and, hopefully, to do justice to the song we both wanted it to be.

SAS
August 2015″

 

 

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“Each song on the album will have a specially commissioned film to accompany it with the series produced by La Blogoteque and directed by a host of different international film directors including Christoph Girardet (Germany), Claire Denis and Pierre Vinour (France), Gabriel Sanna (Brazil) and Rosie Pedlow and Joe King (UK).

update: the film directors:

1. Follow Me – Suzanne Osborne and Stuart A. Staples (UK)
2. Second Chance man – Christoph Girardet (Germany)
3. Were We Once Lovers? – Pierre Vinour (France)
4. Help Youself – Claire Denis (France)
5. Hey Lucinda – Rosie Pedlow and Joe King (UK)
6. This Fear of Emptiness – Stuart A. Staples (UK)
7. How He Entered – Gregorio Graziosi (Italy)
8. The Waiting Room – Stuart A. Staples (UK)
9. Planting Holes -David Reeve (UK)
10. We Are Dreamers! – Gabraz Sanna and Sara Nao Tem Nome (Brasil)
11. Like Only Lovers Can – Suzanne Osborne and Stuart A. Staples (UK)

 

Following its world premiere at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in February, the band embark a major European tour culminating in UK gigs in April and May.”

see also on the official site: http://www.tindersticks.co.uk/the-waiting-room

ALBUM INFO:

“The Waiting Room’ features guest appearances by Jehnny Beth of Savages and a particularly poignant duet with dear lost friend of Stuart Staples, Lhasa De Sela. Its brass arrangements are by the great Julian Siegel and it comes dressed in a sleeve by legendary french photographer Richard Dumas.

Not only an album, an ambitious collaborative film project also – each track is accompanied by a short film, a visual interpretation by it’s own director, featuring Christoph Girardet, Pierre Vinour, Claire Denis, Rosie Pedlow and Joe King, Gregorio Graziosi, Richard Dumas and Gabriel Sanna.

Tracklist for both audio & video

01. Follow Me (instrumental)
02. Second Chance Man
03. Were We Once Lovers?
04. Help Youself
05. Hey Lucinda (feat. Lhasa De Sela)
06. This Fear Of Emptiness (instrumental)
07. How He Entered
08. The Waiting Room
09. Planting Holes (instrumental)
10. We Are Dreamers! (feat. Jehnny Beth)
11. Like Only Lovers Can

Available as a limited clear vinyl+dvd, black vinyl+dvd, limited cd+dvd, and cd. Vinyl includes mp3 download.”

 

 

Single Releases:

(Download-only) single(s) release schedule:

23.09.2015 We are Dreamers! (buyable now)
10.11.2015 Hey Lucinda (buyable now)
08.01.2016 Were we once Lovers?

some recording details:

 
“The Waiting Room –
David Boulter, Neil Fraser, Earl Harvin, Dan McKinna, Stuart A. Staples.
recorded at ‘le chien chanceux’ by Stuart A. Staples, sometimes with Sam Naval.
Strings and brass recorded by George Murphy (the pool and eastcote)
‘Hey Lucinda’ singing recorded at Hotel2Tango, Montreal mixed may 2015 by Stuart A. Staples
produced by Stuart A. Staples mastered by John Dent at Loud.”

 

also available now from bandcamp http://tindersticks.bandcamp.com/

 

the 2nd video from La blogotheque:

see also: http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/exclusive-beautiful-music-video-for-tindersticks-hey-lucinda-featuring-lhasa-de-sela-20151110

 

from Stuart A. Staples on this song:

“Hey Lucinda

I started to write this song a long time ago – around 6am, walking the streets of central Cologne – I didn’t realise then that by trying to push at the way a duet is structured – making this song more conversational, fluid – that the musical setting it actually asked for was beyond us. A ten year struggle commenced, it became a joke in the band – ‘Time to try again with Lucinda…’

Along the way I visited my great friend Lhasa de Sela in Montreal and we spent a little time recording a version of ‘Hey Lucinda’. She understood that it was not right for this song to lament, that underneath its ‘sad’ surface, it is full of mischief.

After Lhasa’s death on New Years day 2010 I had to put the song (and her other recordings) away. I have only recently been able to listen to her sing again and Lucinda resurfaced in my consciousness, though this time I was more able to understand what it needed – To be true to the moment we shared singing it together. As a band we approached the music again, giving it only just what was needed but hopefully catching some of that mischief!”

 

Update 01/2016 – the 3rd Single:

http://www.undertheradarmag.com/news/watch_tindersticks_-_were_we_once_lovers_video

“Tindersticks’ frontman Stuart Staples had this to say about the video and song in a press release: “I have wanted to make a song with a slap bass for some time – it felt dangerous and proved quite a battle to achieve. Resistance even from within our ranks and I would say Dan McKinna was even shy when first playing it – we had to reassure him that he was among friends. The songs structure was also challenging – calling the chords out as we played / recorded. It gives the song an unpredictability that is at odds with the intense momentum that carries it. And that deep lying nervous energy that only a slap bass could bring.

“In the early ’90s Pierre Vinour made an iconic short film called Paris – Marchseille – a time lapse view of the journey through a car window condensed into three minutes ending by driving off the edge of France into the sea. When I saw this film I felt an immediate connection with ‘Were We Once Lovers?’ – the speed of the journey, but I also felt that the song was speeding through the drivers mind. I was pleased that Pierre felt that connection also and he set to work building on this idea. Still, I was still not prepared for the effect the final film had on me. The clenching intensity I felt when making the song was literally doubled. I love it but I can’t wait to be released from it, it holds me in this strange limbo.””

 

UPDATE 02/2016 – Mr.Donkey is back again.

from the official site:

“tindersticks, new ‘how he entered’ film

‘very excited to announce that our new film for ‘how he entered’ will be available next week.

the conclusion(?) of what was started with Richard Dumas on the photo session for the album cover, the film directed by Richard and Amaury Voslion was story boarded/art directed by stuart and suzanne.
It was shot in and around Langar Hall in Nottinghamshire, UK.

The film will be presented at Foundation Cartier, Paris on the evening of Monday 22nd February.

It will then be available to see on the Lomography website worldwide from Wednesday 24th February at 4p.m. C.E.T. (there is a little interview there too)

we hope you enjoy (it makes Neil cry..)”

“How He entered” Film , direted by Richard Dumas & Amaury Voslion  – story boarded/art directed by stuart a. staples & Suzanne Osborne

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from the official website:

tinder2016-albumtour

website screenshot

Update (26-08-2015): Three short bits (from the Marc Riley Airing of Terry & Neil on BBC6 – see here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06644j1  (can be relistened for the next 28 days)

  • Album will be released at the end of January 2016
  • An Extensive Tour will follow from end of Feb’16 into May’16
  • Terry Edwards won’t be playing at the tour due to other projects

 

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new O.S.T. for C.Denis space sci-fi film will be produced 2015/2016

see here for details:

http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/claire-denis-to-make-english-language-debut-with-sci-fi-movie-set-in-space-co-written-by-zadie-smith-20150629

 

Screen Daily reports that French auteur Claire Denis will make her English language debut with a sci-fi film set in space, co-penned by the filmmaker with acclaimed author Zadie Smith (“White Teeth,” “On Beauty“) andNick Laird. Plot details aren’t being shared just yet, except that the story will be set “beyond the solar system in a ‘future that seems like the present.’ ” So yes, we’re already totally on board. And the list of collaborators is even more fascinating with Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, and astrophysicist Aurélien Barrau lending their skills, with Stuart Staples ofTindersticks one again reteaming with Denis to score the movie. Better yet, things are moving right along with production to begin either in late 2015 or early 2016.

We really can’t wait to see what Denis does in the realm of science-fiction but perhaps the short film below is a clue. Late last year, Denis directed the short “Contact by Olafur Eliasson,” featuring music by Staples, to accompany an exhibition by the artist in Paris.”

 

UPDATE:

in the meantime:

David Boulter recently worked on the soundtracks for two films, both scheduled to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this weekend, 13-14 September.

On Saturday evening Full Contact directed by David Verbeek, featuring Gregoire Colin – http://tiff.net/festivals/festival15/platform/full-contact

And Sunday afternoon Five Nights In Maine by Maris Curran –http://tiff.net/f…/festival15/discovery/five-nights-in-maine “

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new tindersticks soundtrack “Ypres” to be released 17th/20th october 2014

UPDATE: now it’s official – here the details:

http://www.tindersticks.co.uk/ypres/    includes video with “sunset glow” track

 

UPDATE 2: now available for pre-order CD & Vinyl at the band’s webshop

 

“LP, CD and Download available from these dates:

Germany, Austria and Switzerland – 17th October from City Slang
Rest of Europe and rest of the world – 20th October

The LP and CD will also be available from our online shop

The CD will be for sale in the museum shop.”

so the Flanders Museum Soundtrack (recorded 04-2012 & premiered at the museum opening in 06-2012) will be called “Ypres” and being released on the 20th of October:

http://www.amazon.de/Ypres-Tindersticks/dp/B00N9LNM84/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=undefined&sr=1-1&keywords=tindersticks

Produktinformation
Audio CD (20. Oktober 2014)
Anzahl Disks/Tonträger: 1
Format: Import
Label: V2
ASIN: B00N9LNM84

and also on Vinyl LP:

http://www.amazon.de/Ypres-Vinyl-LP-Tindersticks/dp/B00N9LNMWK/ref=sr_1_2?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=undefined&sr=1-2&keywords=tindersticks

so it’s called “[b]Ypres[/b]” and being released on the 20th of October:

http://www.amazon.de/Ypres-Tindersticks/dp/B00N9LNM84/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=undefined&sr=1-1&keywords=tindersticks

Produktinformation
Audio CD (20. Oktober 2014)
Anzahl Disks/Tonträger: 1
Format: Import
Label: V2
ASIN: B00N9LNM84

and also on Vinyl:

http://www.amazon.de/Ypres-Vinyl-LP-Tindersticks/dp/B00N9LNMWK/ref=sr_1_2?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=undefined&sr=1-2&keywords=tindersticks

 

UPDATE 3: the cover-artwork , here:

Ypres

setlist:

1. Whispering Guns Parts 1, 2 And 3

2. Ananas Et Poivre

3. La Guerre Souterraine

4. Gueules Cassée

5. Sunset Glow 

6. The Third Battle Of Ypres O.S.T.

 Catalog #  Luckydog17 (CD) or Luckydog17LP (Vinyl) 

“In early 2011, Tindersticks were commissioned by the In Flanders Fields World War One Museum in Ypres, Belgium to create the soundscapes for the new permanent exhibition commemorating the centenary of the Great War and beyond.

Tindersticks response was to write, record and produce a continuous, orchestral score to accompany the visitor on their emotional journey through the unique story of Ypres in the Great War. The score evolves through the different, distinctive spaces and sections of the museum, punctuated with private contemplative spaces where the music was allowed to be more poetic.

Made from a series of interlocking orchestral loops, the music flows seamlessly all day, everyday, without beginning, middle or end. The aim, for Stuart Staples, was for the soundtrack to “become the sound of air within the museum”.

Ypres was the epicenter of the Western Front in The Great War and was virtually destroyed by the conflict. It has since, only relatively recently, been rebuilt to its original plans. The museum is housed in the rebuilt cloth hall that stands in the centre of the town and was once the hub of the towns industry.
Hundreds of thousands died in Ypres and the surrounding area, with allied cemeteries and graves scattered everywhere. In keeping with the perspective of the new museum, Staples felt it crucial to “bring the essence of the experience to a personal level. To somehow loosen it away from the images we have all become accustomed to.”. Inspiration for the work was found in the quiet, dignified German memorial garden of Vladslo and Kathe Kollwitz’ famous ‘Grieving parents’ statue that resides there.
Stuart Staples and Dan McKinna worked closely to compose the score and felt the museum building resonated with a key of F. The starting point for the music became a musical cluster of E flat, F and F sharp. The recording was presided over by long time collaborator and orchestra leader Lucy Wilkins. The orchestral recordings were made at the Church in Crouch End, London and were then taken back to Le Chien Chanceux studio in France to prepare for the installation. In collaboration with London Sound designers ‘Sound Intermedia’ a bank holiday weekend in May 2012 was spent meticulously building the soundscape for every individual space.
The In Flanders Field Museum re-opened its doors with tindersticks soundtrack on 11th June 2012. Now tindersticks are releasing the recording of the soundtrack on October 2014 via lucky Dog Recordings”

 

 

Update 4:

 

 

this is how Ypres looks like in the end … “Not that the mood could ever be other than deeply sad” describes this impressive album very good

YPRES-CDVinyl

“Review from the Independent newspaper last week:

Commissioned as the soundtrack to the In Flanders Fields Museum commemorating the dead of the Great War, Ypres was designed by Tindersticks’ Stuart Staples and Dan McKinna as a series of interlocking orchestra loops running non-stop, their aspect shifting slightly as the visitor moves from room to room. Not that the mood could ever be other than deeply sad: the models are Gorecki’s ‘Symphony of Sorrowful Strings’, Barber’s ‘Adagio for Strings’, Feldman’s music for the Rothko Chapel, and, in the keening violins of ‘Ananas et poivre’ and ‘sunset glow’, Arvo Part. But it’s the 17-minute ‘Whispering Guns’ that sets the tone, with sombre strings swelling behind a tolling bell that brings to mind Gray’s ‘Elegy Written in a Country Courtyard’. 4/5 *”

 

update 5: the liner notes bring some surprises too ;)

 

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