1. Absent Voices/ Alba


    from Alastair Cook / Added

    I was asked by composer Luci Holland to write a poem which she could score against and ultimately we would bring to film. Not being much of a poet, I proposed she use Alba by the great Scottish poet John Glenday, a particular favourite of mine. The result is a piece is composed for vocals, cello and piano, features a backing track sculpted from the voices of people reading the original poem, which weaves around the performance. This is part of the Absent Voices project, which you can read more about here: http://blipfoto.com/absentvoices Alba Some say she looks like a old witch, a dark caillich with at cat’s tail of islands for hair. Brine sluices the words from her creaked lips. I say no. I say she’s as fresh as these flakes of schist and quartzite I gathered yesterday. Some say she’s barren: “Look how they scoured her bairns from her womb with a dab of wool,” they say, “and them scarce hallways down the road to birth The four airts buried them. Their cries will circle the earth like little storms.” I say no. I say she’s poor but whole and strong, and I’ve heard her children sing out in the half dark street, barely a whisper before night. Some say she’s bad news, a temptress, a whistler on ships, that the man who sleeps with her will wake one morning at dusk on a hillside under the brisk rain, his pockets weighted with sand. I say no. I say, look at me: I’ve slept with her all the nights of my life and still each morning when i wake I find her tongue in my mouth. ©John Glenday

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    • The Middle Way


      from Ant Macari / Added

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      Ant Macari 'The Middle Way' 2011. DVD, Duration: 29 minutes. "We are at present witnessing, both in Europe and America, a period of renewed interest in the Middle Ages, with a curious oscillation between fantastic neomedievalism and responsible philological examination." Umberto Eco, 'Dreaming in the Middle Ages' 'The Middle Way' is a documentary video and series of still images that record a 'pilgrimage' across the sixty mile route known as 'St. Cuthbert's Way' from Melrose Abbey in Scotland to Lindisfarne in Northumberland. The work is a kind of parable about his faith in art. Macari undertook this pilgrimage route in the guise of a medieval monk, accompanied by an art crate that resembles an ark or chest that contains a holy grail. A mobile reliquary. He single-handedly pushed and dragged the crate from almost coast to coast. Just as medieval pilgrims undertook grueling journeys, or put set themselves arduous tasks to acquire spiritual wisdom, Macari does the same to acquire wisdom about the nature of art. Even at the end, we never see inside the 'ark': the nature of the artwork is a mysterious secret that remains intact. Creation is an act of faith; viewing art requires an act of faith on our part, equally, for it to move us at all. Such an expression of belief might seem absurd or ridiculous, but the will to undertake such a lengthy and burdensome task is proof of the adherent's true faith. Alistair Robinson

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      • Tiny Geographies Trailer [HD 720p]


        from Chris Dooks / Added

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        See woodendbarn.com/whats-on/atomic-doric The film premieres Friday 29 November 2013, 7:30pm at Woodend Barn with support from Edinburgh's Drew Wright aka Wounded Knee. Morag McFarclane (69) author of idiosyncratic text 'The Aberdeenshire Field Book of The Exhausted Artist' [Wodebooks 1971] writes in the written programme which accompanies this film: This short trailer previews artist Chris Dooks' [near feature-length] Year of Natural Scotland commission "Tiny Geographies" - a project managed by Woodend Barn in Banchory, Aberdeenshire as part of the 'Atomic Doric' season of commissioned works by artists and musicians. The experimental ethos of the film was to ascertain to what degree could diverse audiovisual footage be gathered from several accessible environments just a few square metres in size. These 'tiny' geographies were made to see if there was any advantage to being unable to scale a 'Munro' or even a small hill - and try and make the best of out limited energy. Using DSLR-sourced montages alongside the latest fangled GoPro camcorder [shooting at high speed], with microphones and hydrophones, Dooks employs the technology as friend of the 'exhausted practitioner' to spy, scope-out and mine the environment without touching it - or as Chris says 'the only thing I like to shoot a deer with, is a Nikon lens.' Inspired by photographer David Liittschwager's 'One Cubic Foot' nature project (see tinyurl.com/onecubic) - the project is about depth over breadth and results in neither a 'disability' project nor a film about the extremes of exploring the wilderness. It's about everyday people and everyday landscapes, but once peered into, there's nothing everyday about either. Over two months, digital montages of the areas were shot to a soundtrack sourced from over forty interviews with the public across national parks, reserves and estates in Aberdeenshire. Questions were asked of willing interviewees to use their answers as musical and regional source material. This large degree of public engagement has resulted in a work resembling something between a kind of sensory documentary and a suite or 'movements' akin to seasonal changes in the environment or a kind of extended overture to a particular (even peculiar) slice of Scotland. A thin sliver of Chris's personal life also makes it into the final cut not just because of the ease of clearing images of people and woodland wanderers, but also because this is not a cold ethnographic study of accents and hills. Five areas were chosen, each a few miles from each other (and one fifty miles further) where the different technologies are part of this beautifully strange world. The film was shot primarily over Aberdeenshire; Glen Tanar Estate near Aboyne, The Linn of Quioch near Braemar, Tomnaverie Stone Circle near Tarland, Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve near Dinnet and St Cyrus National Nature Reserve near Montrose. TINY GEOGRAPHIES WAS FUNDED BY: Creative Scotland Aberdeenshire Council: Be Part of the Picture Visit Scotland Project managed by Woodend Barn, Banchory with support from Discover Royal Deeside and Cairngorms ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK AVAILABLE FROM chrisdooks.bandcamp.com from December 2013 woodendbarn.co.uk dooks.org idioholism.com All material © Chris Dooks 2013

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        • The Art of Storytelling


          from Pilar Fernández Laguna / Added

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          Encara dos tipos diferentes de cuenta cuentos. Leyendas y mitos para niños y mayores.

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            from Rob McDougall / Added

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            Part of a series of 6 short films commissioned by Historic Scotland for the updated Edinburgh Castle website. RobMcDougall.com

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              from Rob McDougall / Added

              148 Plays / / 2 Comments

              Part of a series of 6 short films commissioned by Historic Scotland for the updated Edinburgh Castle website. RobMcDougall.com

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              • Hermitage Castle on a winters day


                from Trevor CH / Added

                142 Plays / / 0 Comments

                Hermitage Castle is a semi-ruined castle in the border region of Scotland. It is under the care of Historic Scotland. The Castle has a reputation, both from its history and its appearance, as one of the most sinister and atmospheric in Scotland.

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                • Glasgow Cathedral


                  from Gavin Hopkins / Added

                  133 Plays / / 2 Comments

                  A short documentary on Glasgow Cathedral directed, filmed and edited by Gavin Hopkins as part of the HND Television course at Glasgow Met College. Director: Gavin Hopkins Sound: Laura Nimmo Lighting: Stephanie Robinson PA: Alistair McFadden Jo Osborne With thanks to Glasgow Cathedral and Historic Scotland

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                  • The Scottish Ten: The Story So Far


                    from hstechnicalconservation / Added

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                    Mike Brooks, Historic Scotland’s photographer, followed the Scottish Ten team from Historic Scotland, the Digital Design Studio at The Glasgow School of Art and CyArk as they digitally document Scotland’s World Heritage Sites and international heritage sites. The film delves into the reasons behind the project and what the 3D data resources can be used for. A Film by Mike Brooks, 2011

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                    • Orkney Scotland - Distant Shores 8-8 VOD


                      from Distant Shores / Added

                      8-8 / #99 - Orkney Scotland Leaving Norway, Paul and Sheryl sail back across the North Sea to Scotland where they visit the remote Orkney Islands. In Scapa Flow they explore WWI shipwrecks, in Kirkwall they meet an archeologist returning to view the work she started 20 years before and visit a prehistoric village preserved in sand.

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