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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The 2016 Q&A from the band

It has been quite a tradition for members of the band to sit down & answer questions from fans/members of their official web phorum.

Like in  2001, 2010 and 2012, they released again this year a new Q&A article. This time on their website:

http://www.tindersticks.co.uk/band-q-and-a/

Go over there & check it out.

source: official website screenshot
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15 years ago in Brussels – The Botanique Festival 2001

tindersticks celebrated from 9th – 12th May 2001 their 10th anniversary in a special festival at the Botanique in Brussels.

some memories:

http://tindersticks.de/tindersticks-de/tinderfestivals-botanique.html

 

15yearsBotanique

 

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Interview with David Boulter on musicOMH

http://www.musicomh.com/music/features/tindersticks_0312.htm


musicOMH: You played Tindersticks II at the Barbican in 2006. Would you consider playing more full album shows in the future? The renewed appreciation of looking at albums as complete pieces of work seems well suited to your music. I think Tindersticks are definitely an ‘albums’ band.
DB: I would like to. The film shows helped to see different ways of presenting ourselves. I wouldn’t like to go on tour playing an old album. But a special show or shows could be nice.

musicOMH: Do you think there will be any more Stuart Staples solo records in the future?
DB: I think there will be. Tindersticks usually work in cycles of three albums. This is the third again. Possibilities are endless. ”

… so everything is possible for future tours & albums !

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Tindersticks will play a song @ the “Review Show” on BBC 2 Friday 21 Oct @ 11pm

freshly twittered “We’ll play a song to The Review Show on BBC 2 Friday 21 Oct @ 11pm as a 3-piece set-up, with Stuart Staples, Dan McKinna and David Boulter!”

so if you’re able to tune in into BBC2 there’s a live song for you

n.b. this one is from an old BBC session btw

Update: this performance was canceled as Stuart A. Staples is ill & has lost his voice – at the recent two gigs the band only played instrumental versions of the songs (Film Scores and regular songs). Get well soon Stuart !

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New Tindersticks’ Album will be recorded this summer in France

according to this interesting interview in the Daily Post:

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/leisure/entertainment-news/2011/05/20/tindersticks-set-for-first-liverpool-gig-55578-28745940/

“Over summer Stuart, with David Boulter and Neil Fraser (co-founders of Tindersticks) plus additions Dan McKinna and Earl Harvin, will be working on a new album at Stuart’s French home studio, but it’s unlikely to be released before autumn.”

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Some new “old” insights into the post-Curtains time & the original band-line-up split

Insight into the post-Curtains time & the original band-line-up split can be found in the newly published liner notes on Can our Love & Waiting for the moon on the official websites discography.

Check it out here in full:

http://www.tindersticks.co.uk/discography/

 

some points:

tindersticks had been together for almost 10 years. Six people, all equal. Even when it wasn’t. We were a financial disaster. We were told to split the band. Make members employees; claim their wages against tax. So we split down the middle. Me, Dickon and Stuart. Mark, Al and Neil. This was supposed to help. But it just divided us.”


“The problems started during the making of “curtains” five years before. Everyone was to blame in different ways. The fact was we were bored. We’d gone from being six very strong people, pushing forward, to becoming this machine, just ticking over. It began to feel there was always one or more of us not believing, detached. … Simple Pleasure was made out of the need to change. We should have had the guts to end it there. What followed with Can Our Love and Waiting For The Moon were failures. Some wonderful music and great songs, but as whole pieces of work, they fail. And trying just wasn’t fun anymore. The magic had gone.”

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