'Oil Drum Requiem' is a short film of one of the tracks and poems from "The Infinite and The Unknowable" released by Blink in the Endless on 22nd July 2016.
Gong choirs, ragged system violins, rusted electronics, liquid heave resonances, apocalyptic poetry and high-contrast photography: ‘TIATU’ is a visceral attempt to explore the fathomless mysteries of the divine. Using a mythical Ballardian sea voyage at its core, it evokes such diverse sources as Andrei Tarkovsky, Arvo Pärt, Tim Hecker, ‘A Book of Silence’, John Luther Adams, Terrence Malick, ‘Under the Skin’, Jon Hassell, ‘Selected Ambient Works, Vol. II’, Laurie Spiegel, Ansel Adams, Richard Skelton, the books of Revelation, Job and Daniel, Swans, John Sheppard and Hieronymus Bosch.
'TIATU' was painstakingly constructed over a six year period from hundreds of layers of played and heavily processed electric violin, percussion and electronics and it includes the final re-worked version of the title track originally used in the devastating closing scenes of the Film 4 / BFI / Studio Canal feature film ‘Catch Me Daddy’.
Daniel Thomas Freeman’s previous music includes the critically acclaimed debut solo album ‘The Beauty of Doubting Yourself’ (Home Normal), scoring the feature film ‘Catch Me Daddy’ (Film 4 / BFI / STUDIOCANAL) with Matthew Watson and numerous releases as part of Rameses III including ‘I Could Not Love You More’ (Type). TIATU is the first release on Blink in the Endless.
The life and thoughts of Spanish-Cuban diarist and novelist Anaïs Nin in words and music .
Emerging from a damaged childhood, Anaïs Nin (1904-1977) spent the majority of her life playing out the dual role of victim and seductress. She acted out complex fantasies with practically every man (and several women) that crossed her path – a list which included the writer Henry Miller, dramatist Antonin Artaud and her own father, Joaquín Nin, who had sexually abused and then abandoned her as a child.
In her forties, Anaïs Nin met and married the younger actor, Rupert Pole with whom she lived in California, while still participating in her first marriage to Hugo Guiler in New York. She described her life therefore, as a “bicoastal trapeze” and was reduced to using an index card box to keep track of her lies.
Analysed by the Austrian psychoanalyst and colleague of Freud, Otto Rank, Nin came to see her inner split and the lies she told as the seeds of her creativity, and music as the source of her inspiration.
In 'Anaïs Nin: The Lie Box', Ismena Collective uses a collage of Nin's writing and the music of her father, brother and others to elucidate this complex life and enquire into the nature of truth, creativity, fidelity, love and sexuality.
Actor Sally Mortemore (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) plays Anaïs Nin.
Celebrated Danish soprano, Lene Sahlholdt recreates the role of Nin's Danish mother, the soprano Rosa Nin-Culmell.
Cellist Mayda Narvey and Spanish pianist Horacio Lopez Redondo play the music of Nin's father, brother and others.
Composer Daniel Thomas Freeman (who wrote the score for the recent award-winning indie film Catch Me Daddy) has added soundscapes to reflect the electronic scores of the surrealistic films in which Nin appeared.
Part theatre piece, part live concert, part sound collage, a show that defies genre is performed in an award-winning multi-genre space.
By Daniel & Matthew Wolfe
Cinematographer: Robbie Ryan
Music: Daniel Thomas Freeman & Matthew Watson
Production Design: Sami Khan
Costume Design: Hannah Edwards
Editor: Dominic Leung & Tom Lindsay
Colourist: Simon Bourne
Shot in the Heysham/Morecambe Bay area using an iPhone, only the colouring, opacity, and timing is altered to stay true to the image and the scenery.
The contradicting states of the ocean and rocks accentuate the displacement of the tracks to create a lag of glimmering separated RGB video layers.
Nature then takes the form of a more digital, manufactured space, while maintaining its original traits.