Composer/Creative Director: Simon Allen
2 channel moving image: Joe King & Rosie Pedlow
Libretto: Alasdair Middleton
Producer: Caroline Smith
Premiere performance: Tuesday 04 September 2012.
Venue: Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall
Performance of a new audio-visual song-cycle that reveals unexpected connections between sight, sound, touch and words. Allen's colourful score combines instrumental sounds and electronic processes with a libretto by Alasdair Middleton and 2-channel moving image by artists Joe King and Rosie Pedlow. Lighting is by Katharine Williams with co-direction in development from Rachel Bagshaw, and audio description by William Elliott.
Performed by a unique ensemble of artists including: Tom Fisher (speaker),Elaine Mitchener & Rebecca Askew (vocalists); Sylvia Hallett (strings, dulcitone & effects); Jan Hendrickse (winds and processing); Eliza McCarthy (prepared piano and dulcitone); Paul Moylan (double bass & dulcitone); Dai Pritchard (clarinets & pump organ).
Joe King & Rosie Pedlow 2010, single channel, 08:05 mins
On a winter's night in 1980, American servicemen stationed at an RAF base, witnessed some 'unexplained lights' in Rendlesham Forest. The incident has since become Britain's most famous UFO mystery with abounding rumours of conspiracies and cover-ups. Some argue that the incident was a hoax whilst others believe that the forest is a doorway to another dimension. Maintaining a balance between celebration and criticality, this film revisits the forest, thirty years later, in search of similarly 'inexplicable' events.
A collaborative work by Joe King, Rosie Pedlow,
writer Mike Walker and composer David Pickvance 2006, 16mm single channel, 15:00 mins
An old man in the grip of dementia finds himself lost on Hackney's busy Kingsland Road. Who is he, what is he trying to escape from? A lyrical journey through a familiar landscape that is at once known and unknown; a palimpsest in which the past is seen as a reflection of the present, in which the memory of a terrible crime is glimpsed in reflections and shadows, hints and muttered phrases. I am not you are not me is an existential detective story written on the glass and concrete of a street that leads from City to cemetery.
Roderick Mills & Rosie Pedlow 2006, single channel, 05:08 mins
Fragmented vignettes weave and divide in a film that plays with Hollywood's portrayal of cancer. In 'the 'movies' it is nearly always the young, talented and beautiful who die from this disease even though cancer is most often the product of aging as cells divide over and over.
Joe King & Rosie Pedlow 2005, 35mm, single channel, 05:00 mins
Filmed on a caravan park at the end of the season, Sea Change reveals a landscape dramatically transformed by light and time, and resonating with the transience of human presence. The old caravans were being removed and crushed to make way for a new housing development, so the film also acts as a kind of document for an unusual place on the brink of disappearance.
Rosie Pedlow 2003, single channel, 03:24 mins 'Among the low-priced, factory-produced goods, none is so appealing to the sense as the ordinary hand tool' Walker Evans
The beauty of the common tool is inspiration for this abstract film. Imagery, generated by direct to film techniques and digital photography, is set in motion to an electronic score by the Berlin based, contemporary composer Richard Barrett.
Commissioned by S4C and Sgrin in association with The Arts Council of Wales. Made with the support of the National Lottery Fund through the Arts Council of Wales Lottery Fund.
Joe King 2002, single channel, 05:00 mins
As the landscape of South Wales is surveyed and mapped, the marks of an industrial heritage are revealed. The film plays with the tensions between the two, creating a rhythmic, lyrical study of the region.
Commissioned by S4C and Sgrin in association with Arts Council of Wales.
Rosie Pedlow 2002, single channel, 03:24 mins
Diagrams of chemistry apparatus and educational film footage react and combine in this quirky interpretation of a poem by Nobel Laureate Chemist Roald Hoffmann. The film is an experiment to illustrate how technology changes the way we represent the world, with results that prove ironic and inconclusive.
Joe King 1996, single channel, 05:00 mins
35mm photographs rephotographed on to 16mm film
Beachhuts, promenades, trees, country lanes and all manner of everyday structures are brought to life; beating out their own syncopated rhythms in black and white.