A palimpsest of rhythmed visuals and sounds merging to and from one another, manipulated sound-droned into far-memory and unsure future.
Marietjie Pauw and Garth Erasmus - flutes
Garth Erasmus - the other horn I call the KLARIDUK (a mix of clarinet mouthpiece on a Duduk - the Kurdish folk instrument which I’ve altered).
Garth Erasmus and Aryan Kaganof - sound rcording
drones, image, editing, sound mix - Aryan Kaganof
A music-making, a film
Music, to the history of 7 Joubert Street, was designed and recorded on site. Two musicians who have pleasure finding music together, and who engage topics of care to play about, and a filmmaker who collaborates intuitively, met in the winter of 2018. Musicians were myself and artist-musician, Garth Erasmus, and the filmmaker Aryan Kaganof. Our music session was attended by Stephanie Vos, a researcher at Africa Open Institute, who happened to drop by. The music was score-based, and relied on ‘Suiwer’ (for flute and indigenous noise music) by Aryan Kaganof (2017) and ‘Spirit’ (for solo flute) by Michael Blake (1985) to begin with. The music became increasingly intuited by ‘Suiwer’. We imprinted the music score of ‘Suiwer’ onto an interior wall of the house by using a data projector. Our last number, on flute (Marietjie) and klariduk (Garth) was filmed in blue light radiating from the wall, as the data projector had disconnected from the input source. From the latter, Aryan produced a 21’27”-duration film. Aryan’s intention had been to work ‘improvisatorially to what was going on, editing in the camera’ (e-mail of 26 June 2018). ‘Suiwer in Blauw’ is the result of caring about what we do, enjoying where we live and work; being together, and the stories that intermingle around a family who built two houses in the 1920s.
On seeing the film for the first time, Garth Erasmus wrote: ‘A perfect paean to Joubert Str walls. [This film] exemplified the voices echoing from a deep past and the slowed down pace of the frames turn us [musicians] into statues and the presence of the past becomes statuesque. And the blues. Love how the light slowly begins to glow and grow on a cheek here or the reflective mirroring silver of the flute there makes us still and the light move. Thanks Aryan. I love it […] And as to the instrumentation just one thing... it’s the flutes but also the other horn [… that] I call the KLARIDUK (a mix of clarinet mouthpiece on a Duduk—the Kurdish folk instrument which I’ve altered) (e-mail of 27 June 2018).