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The Peaky Blinder, Batman villain and science-fiction hero, on his father Brendan Murphy (Father’s Day 2015 —GQ UK)

“When I was three or four years old, my dad took me out to the Blasket Islands for the first time. It’s the most westerly part of Europe and to get there you have to drive a long way, then you have to get on a boat. But the amount of literature that has come from this tiny little island, this little dot on the coast of Europe, is quite extraordinary. It’s a very spiritual place. When I go there it recharges me, so I’m very thankful to my dad for introducing me to it. I’ve been back recently with my boys and my brother, who has a boy as well. We’re keeping the tradition going.”

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Animation for the song A Purpose by Father Murphy, from their album Croce (The Flenser, 2015). Music by Father Murphy. Art and animation by me.

This is a segment taken from my first animated feature, The Cadence, a project I have been working on for a while, and that I am planning to finish sometime in 2016. I am excited to have my friends and collaborators and musical heroes Father Murphy working on the soundtrack with me.

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My animated short A Purpose is one of the twelve Italian films that will be screening at the 50th edition of the prestigious Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, together with works by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, Matteo Garrone, Saverio Costanzo, Paolo Sorrentino and others.

In the remote possibility that you’ll be in the beautiful town of Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, from July 3 to July 11, there are three chances of watching A Purpose on a big screen. More details here.

A Purpose is a video for the Father Murphy’s song with the same name, and also a segment of my forthcoming animated feature The Cadence, for which Father Murphy are recording the soundtrack.

In September, we will launch an Indiegogo campaign to finance the making of The Cadence, and we’ll need all the help we can get from you to spread the word. I’ll keep you updated.

Phase III: We make our own music.

If the first phase of Blue Tapes was occult little objects (unusual sounds on tapes stashed inside books and miniature treasure chests), home-dubbed and released in micro-editions, and the second was to branch out into other formats and release music that was just drop-dead cool (Katie Gately, Plains Druid, Tashi Dorji, Threes and Will, Henry Plotnick etc, etc.), then the third phase of the label gestures towards reconciling those histories while laying track for the future.

The Blue Tapes House Band isn’t a band as such, rather it’s the codename for an ongoing project, which - with each iteration - showcases a different permutation of Blue Tapes artists producing new music in collaboration with each other and the label itself.

Each release will see the musicians generating new sounds in accordance with strategies and structures provided by the label. For Vol. 1 - the first release in the series - the remit was fairly simple. Each musician was asked to remix an existing piece of music from the Blue Tapes back catalogue. While the tape features all the remixes collaged into a continuous piece of music, the remixes are provided as discrete files in the accompanying download.

For this incarnation of The Blue Tapes House Band, the line-up is as follows:

  • Matt Collins (blue one) 
  • Hitoshi Asaumi (Leedian; blue two) 
  • Teruyuki Kurihara (Cherry; blue three) 
  • Laurent Chambert (blue four) 
  • Robin Wilks (Bobby Whirlwind; blue six) 
  • Andy Pyne (Kellar/Map 71; blues six and sixteen) 
  • Alex Photaki (Kurosounds; blue seven) 
  • Katie Gately (blue eight) 
  • Joe Houpert (Prayer/We Are Bright & Broken; blue book one) 
  • EyeSea (blue ten) 
  • Jon McIntosh (Plains Druid; blue eleven) 
  • Tashi Dorji (blue twelve) 
  • Andre Kruusmaa (Threes and Will; blue thirteen) 
  • Huerequeque (blue thirteen) 
  • Henry Plotnick (blue fourteen) 
  • Rev. Freddie (Father Murphy; blue fifteen) 
  • C. Lee (Father Murphy; blue fifteen) 
  • Lisa Jayne (Map 71; blue sixteen) 
  • Patrick G (Pour Le Plaisir; x-ray two) 
  • Benjamin Finger (x-ray three) 
  • Shaman B (sonic blue three)

We’re already working on the second and third volumes - one of which is a composition assembled out of tape loops created by Blue Tapes musicians, while the other will be a group improvisation.

While some have described the label’s output as “eclectic”, in truth to us, all of the releases just sounded like different spokes of the same wheel. The Blue Tapes House Band is what happens when you spin the wheel.

This April, Father Murphy and I will bring PAPER CIRCUS, the screening of my animated films with live soundtrack, to more theaters. Don’t miss it!

These are the dates:

Wednesday, April 1, 7:30PM, at Hollywood Theater, Portland, OR.
http://hollywoodtheatre.org/paper-circus/

Monday, April 20, double show: 8:00PM and 10:00PM, at Spectacle Theater, Brooklyn, NY
http://www.spectacletheater.com/

Tuesday, April 21, 10:00PM, at Out of the Blue Gallery, Cambridge, MA
http://outoftheblueartgallery.com/

Wednesday, April 22, 7:00PM, at Angelika Pop-Up Theatre, Washington, DC
https://www.angelikafilmcenter.com/dc/film/paper-circus

Thursday, April 23, 7:30 PM, at Millennium Film Workshop, Brooklyn, NY
http://millenniumfilm.org/

i will not return your records #248

“i sleep in the belly of oceans/ and i sleep in the belly of truth..”

playlist:
songs: ohia - the black crow (the lioness)
threshold houseboys choir - so free it knows no end (form grows rampant)
talk talk - myrrhman (laughing stock)
wrekmeister harmonies - pittsburgh (recordings made in public spaces vol. 1)
swans - just a little boy (for chester burnett) (to be kind)
counter silence - when the clocks have stopped (wire tapper edit) (wire tapper 33)
ben frost - nolan (aurora)
father murphy - they will all fail you (pain is on our side)
hiss tracts - …shortwave nights (shortwave nights)
father murphy - bones got dry + despite all the grief (simultaneous play edit) (pain is on our side)
labradford - eero (a stable reference)
silent land time machine - kissa (i am no longer alone with myself..)
labradford - sedr 77 (a stable reference)
swans - she loves us (to be kind)
low - nothing but heart (c'mon)
chelsea wolfe - i died with you (unknown rooms)

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