HERE WE GO AGAIN RUBINOT!/Andrew Powell/Kronos - cd
Classically-trained composer Andrew Powell scored two well-regarded films in the mid-1980s – Richard Donner’s medieval fantasy LADYHAWK and Daniel Petrie’s wistful ROCKET GIBRALTER. Otherwise engaged in the worlds of theatre, classical, music production, and rock performance (he was a member of The Alan Parsons Project, serving as arranger, conductor and composer, often creating the classical music interludes on their albums), Powell didn’t score another film until 2017 when cinematographer Giuliano Tomassacci asked him if he would compose the music for his first film as director, a short science fiction project about an otherworldly, beautiful female android who travels in time while scientists try to understand her enigmatic secrets by exploiting the occasions of her mysterious, rare appearances – until she decides the right time to share her vision has come. HERE WE GO AGAIN RUBINOT! is an experimental film for the Split Vision
process, a modular audiovisual system intended to be viewed on multiple devices simultaneously; Powell’s dreamy score is a mix of synths, piano, and vocalise (via the lovely voice of Susanna Buffa) that gives the film a beautiful and compelling ambient sound design that creates a truly wonderful musical adventure for the ears. Its soothing washes of synth and striking, lovely classical piano interludes are beautifully conceived and arranged, and make fine listening on their own, punctuated by Buffa’s immersive singing on Rubinot’s Theme. The film is only 16 minutes in length, but by including bonus tracks and alternate takes, we’re given a satisfactory 29 minutes of music on the album. A severely limited edition of only 300 copies, see the Kronos website for more information and to sample some tracks (and I definitely suggest you sample the music and see if you find it as engaging as I have).
It was a joy to work with the Gildas Quartet recently at St John's Smith Square on George Crumb's "Black Angels". The piece is intriguing and really holds your interest. Not a new piece by any means but it still sounded so fresh - beautifully played by the Gildas who I have caught mid rehearsal.
Soundtrack specialist label Kronos will soon be releasing the film music CD for "Here We Go Again, Rubinot!" and I have recorded and mixed bonus tracks, alternative versions and mastered the results. I recorded the original cues on Radar and the bonus tracks on Protools and it was an interesting comparison. Got to admit I prefer the Radar sound, though Protools is so useful.
Wonderful film and amazing music!
We have been working with some amazing images for an Italian film maker Giuliano Tomassacci.
The music is pretty good too. Well worth investigating.
since I sat down to write this. There is just so much other stuff to do.
At the end of last year I was in Cambridge, working in the Chapel at Girton College. There were four very talented young brass players performing solo pieces by Malcolm Arnold for the Wallace Collection label. They were a pleasure to work with.
At the moment I am recording the music (written by Andrew Powell) for a new Italian film. The Grotrian Steinveg piano is sounding good in the old barn. Also been working with Jon Kelly on a library project - partly at his London studio in Tile Yard and partly here.
The photo below is an old Ambisonics B format decoder I unearthed- must find something to try it out on!
Back at British Grove for a day with the Philharmonia and a day with rock brass and backing singers. I had a lovely time with wonderful musicians and a treasure trove of microphones.
Editing for The Wallace Collection and some Brahms violin and piano sonatas is keeping me fairly busy now, and getting to grips with the new ProTools/Radar24 set up.
Working on the rehearsal in the wonderfully restored Roma Theatre in Antwerp at the end of December. There is a full orchestra behind the screen and huge Angel statue at the back of the stage. I was mixing the orchestra in a truck outside on a Stagetec Aurus desk with Raf De Clercq doing a lovely job mixing the band.
Just been sent a new CD of music by Peter Maxwell Davies called "Music for Brass" performed by The Wallace Collection which I recorded years ago, mainly in St Marylebone Church. Nimbus have recently released this collection of pieces by Max including first recordings of the Brass Quintet and arrangements of Tallis' Four Voluntaries.
The playing is, as always, amazing. John Wallace, John Miller, Paul Gardham, Simon Gunton and Robin Haggart sound wonderful.