Through A Musical Lens: Ainu Mosir by Clarice Jensen

Directed by Takeshi Fukunaga, ‘Ainu Mosir’ is a coming-of-age tale set in an indigenous village in Northern Japan where a community‘s livelihood depends on preserving and performing ancient traditions for visiting tourists. The film focuses on 14-year-old Kanto who has been taking under wing by a family friend after the death of his father as…

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Through a Musical Lens: Hav Reimagined

Having grown up in a small coastal city in Sweden, Sofia Nystrand, aka Vargkvint, drew on a strong personal bond with the ocean when she created her album Hav (2019, piano and coffee records). Masterfully combining elements of neoclassical and folk music with haunting vocals and a vivid sense of storytelling, she wove a spellbinding…

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Through A Musical Lens: In the Company of Insects (OST by Richard Luke)

Following the death of his grandfather, Duncan Cowles found comfort and distraction by filming insects in his back garden. From that came his 10-minute short film “In the Company of Insects” which can be most concisely described as “a deadpan meditation on the end of life” done in a unique style the BAFTA Scotland Award…

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Through a Musical Lens: Sunday Soundtracks

If you are reading this blog, chances are you’re an avid music lover and the kind of person who is just as likely to discover a film or television show after hearing the soundtrack as the other way around. Or, perhaps, you even enjoy certain soundtracks as complete listening experiences on their own without ever…

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Through a Musical Lens: ZWARTGROEN by All Shall Be Well

With their 2011 debut,  the five-piece collective All Shall Be Well brought a splash of color to the sometimes bleak landscape of post rock with their unique combination of chromatic themes and musical storytelling. From the beginning, they have systematically followed a pattern of naming each album after pairs of colors and then linking them…

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Through a Musical Lens: Test Subjects (OST) by Aaron Martin

Alex Lockwood‘s ‘Test Subjects‘ is a short documentary that tells the story of Frances, Emily & Amy – three aspiring research scientists coming to terms with the ethical dilemmas and wrenching emotional burdens associated with conducting animal testing in the ostensible interests of bettering human health. The music for the film was scored by American…

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Through a Musical Lens: Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Thomas Bartlett

Watching a city awaken on autumn morning through rivulets of rain running down a coffee shop window seems only fitting while while listening to the new album created by Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh with his 10-string hardanger d’amore and pianist/producer Thomas Bartlett aka Doveman while musing on the implications of their selection of ‘Snow’ (1960) by…

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Through a Musical Lens: Healing by Anna Salzmann & Garreth Broke

The  partnership of visual artist Anna Salzmann and composer/musician Garreth Brooke (aka Garreth Broke) has always been a special one both personally and creatively. Their latest work together is entitled Healing and combines 11 abstract artworks by Anna with 25 minutes of piano music by Garreth which seeks to explore this complex and sometimes contradictory…

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Through a Musical Lens: Deceptive Cadence: Music For Film Volume I & II by William Ryan Fritch

Since 2009, William Ryan Fritch has composed music for over 30 feature films and more than a hundred short films as well as releasing over 20 solo records. How does one attempt to showcase such a body of work in a single album and make it cohesive and compelling? Consider Deceptive Cadence: Music For Film Volume…

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