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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Bright Sunshine In – “Un beau soleil Interieur” / O.S.T. by Stuart A. Staples

In Cannes the new film of Claire Denis premiered.

The music/soundtrack was created by Stuart A. Staples.

an interview with Julliet Binoche & Claire Denis on the film:

here on the film:
http://next.liberation.fr/cinema/2017/05/18/claire-denis-la-mise-amour_1570499

Claire Denis is faithful. To his actors for example – Alex Descas in Un beau soleil interior – to his technicians, to the music of Stuart Staples, who is still accompanying this new film.”

another article:

http://next.liberation.fr/cinema/2017/05/21/stuart-a-staples-bande-puissante_1571238

“The 51-year-old musician is also the author of a jazz that colors the filmUn beau soleil intérieur, by Claire Denis (see Libération de Jeudi ). This is the seventh soundtrack he signed for the filmmaker.”

more details on the film:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6423776/?ref_=ttexst_exst_tt
and from http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/no-farewells-sans-adieu-review-1005500 on the other OST Stuart Staples is doing in 2017:

“The film also benefits from the music of Stuart A. Staples, the frontman of British band Tindersticks who wrote the soundtracks for Claire Denis’ recent films, including her latest Cannes entry Bright Sunshine In.”

 

and here’s an interview about this & other film released questions:

As for this new film by Claire Denis, UN BEAU SOLEIL INTÉRIEUR, you who come from rock, do however here jazz …

SS : Yes in part. I wanted to explore. There was an element of music that was “outside”, linked to the context, and the other that came from within, the intimate character of Juliette Binoche. But there are also moments of break in the film when the background music comes to the foreground and carries a real message. There is, for example, a scene in the film where the character is in a taxi and there is this jazzy music in the background. The radio lights up and the background moves to the foreground. This background moves from something passive and uninteresting to something essential, central, and I think these transitions are very important.

For this score, you have used a jazz band?

SS : Yes, the Julian Siegel Quartet. They are very instinctive London musicians. They just had to explain the themes they had in the film and then they developed the atmospheres, the atmosphere.

Is there some improvisation?

SS : Yes, there is a central theme played by the piano and the guitar which becomes the starting point of an improvisation. It is an evolving theme around the piano and the electric guitar. ”

(translated from french original, see below for full link)

 

http://www.cinezik.org/infos/affinfo.php?titre0=20170525223701

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“Sans Adieu” Documentary / O.S.T.

The Film premiered in Cannes Film Festival this week;  here’s a review:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/no-farewells-sans-adieu-review-1005500

“The film also benefits from the music of Stuart A. Staples, the frontman of British band Tindersticks who wrote the soundtracks for Claire Denis’ recent films, including her latest Cannes entry Bright Sunshine In.”

another article:

http://next.liberation.fr/cinema/2017/05/21/stuart-a-staples-bande-puissante_1571238

” He signed the music of Sans adieu (see page IV), a documentary by Christophe Agou presented at the Acid. The two men were friends, the filmmaker died a few months after finishing his film on Auvergne breeders. “It would have been redundant to describe the characters, already strong and hard. The music of Sans adieu is a suspended arch, a sound deconstructed from one end of the film to the other. I created rest with my own characters: a harmonium, an electric guitar and an electric piano. “ ”  (translated from french original version in the article)

 

and here’s an interview about this & other film released questions:

” About SANS ADIEU, this is a very different project for you because it is a documentary; What does that change for you?

SS : I did not really talk about it as a documentary. For this film, the characters were so raw and strong that the music had to avoid them. But at the same time, the film needed to be a little helped. As a spectator, I felt that I needed some help to get transported into the film. And that was the starting point. I had this idea of ​​a kind of deconstructed song: it is as if the soundtrack was a song of 3min but spread out over 1h30 so stretched in length, with instruments that play together and which are sometimes separated, which n Do not always occupy the same rhythmic place. But there really is this idea of ​​song with key changes that go through the film. And at the end of the film, the song is complete.

What was the intention for instrumentation?

SS : The idea was really to build a line, a current to direct us into the film, without highlighting such and such a sad passage for example. We had to be very careful to find something organic that was an integral part of the landscape without troubling the character. And what is interesting is the choice of the use of electric guitars. Our ears are so used to electric guitars that they are accepted regardless of the shape they take. With popular music, our ears are used to the electric guitar so when heard, it is not like with the violin that causes a certain sadness instantly, it is just accepted as such as a versatile, adaptable sound. It’s very rare. C ‘ Is particular and powerful. It’s like a silence that says a lot and that’s why I chose it as the main instrument for the film because I do not think that another instrument allows this. If we played the same thing on the piano, it would instantly be more poignant or impacting. The piano is more emotional, whereas with guitar, there is something that transports us differently, that is why it has become the main instrument.

And the flute?

SS : Apart from my guitar, there’s David Boulter on the harmonium, Dan playing the electric piano, and once we set the base, Joe Fraser, a flutist with whom we work quite hard, a very good musician, Was invited. We tried to get her into this universe. This is not an easy place to take. It was difficult because you could not be too sad or lyrical, you just had to follow the breath. ”

(translated from french original, see below for full link)

 

http://www.cinezik.org/infos/affinfo.php?titre0=20170525223701

 
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Production Company: Les Enragés
Director-cinematographer: Christophe Agou
Producers: Aurélie Bordier and Pierre Vinour
Editor: Virgine Danglades
Music: Stuart A. Staples
Venue: Cannes Film Festival (ACID)
Sales: Les Enragés

In French
99 minutes
Stuart Staples will be composing the O.S.T. on the forthcoming (if realized) Christophe Agou documentary “Sans Adieu” – here’s the project crowdfunding/project page in french:

http://www.touscoprod.com/fr/project/produce?cleanname=sansadieu#.V9KaJNyhpqI.facebook

“Montage-son, mixage, étalonnage, conformation aux normes, master et copies de projections DCP, master et copies vidéos…
À cela il faut rajouter la musique que compose actuellement Stuart Staples du groupe anglais Tindersticks, connu notamment pour avoir composé la plupart des musiques de films de Claire Denis. Ils sont en tournée mondiale depuis le début de l’année 2016.”

“To this we must add the music is currently composed by Stuart Staples of the British group Tindersticks, known for having composed most of the music for films by Claire Denis.”

 

sans-adieu-project-team

source: Website screenshot

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Interview with Stuart about the recording process of TWR & older studio settings

The american music magazine “On Tape” has an excellent multi-page interview out (Issue 117 Jan/Feb. 2017) with Stuart Staples about his recording studios in the past & about the recording process of the current 2016 album “The Waiting Room” and other recording stories.

Some nice photos of the Studio atmosphere made by Neil Fraser & included in the article.

You can read it for free here:  http://tapeop.com/interviews/117/stuart-staples/   or the take a look at the full magazine issue here: http://tapeop.com/issues/117/

 

source: screenshot of the article preview on http://tapeop.com/issues/117/  website
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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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Stuart’s interview in portugese TV (10-2016)

extract from this october’s portuguese TV interview at esectv , aired on RPT2.

“… In Coimbra, Stuart Staples reserved us for a few minutes of conversation where he spoke about cinema, inspirations, songs and about his poetic life as a musician.”

source: youtube channel from “esectv”

 

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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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