Post-war Britain rebuilt itself on a wave of scientific and industrial breakthroughs that culminated in the cultural revolution of the 1960’s. In this atmosphere was born the Electronic Music Studios (EMS), a radical group of avant-garde electronic musicians who utilized technology and experimentation to compose a futuristic electronic sound-scape for the New Britain.
What The Future Sounded Like colours in a lost chapter in music history, uncovering a group of composers and innovators who harnessed technology and new ideas to re-imagine the boundaries of music and sound. Features music from Pink Floyd, Hawkwind, Roxy Music and The Emperor Machine.
Produced by Claire Harris
Written & Directed by Matthew Bate (Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure)
Official Site: whatthefuturesoundedlike.com
World Premiere: South by Southwest 2008
Official Selection: CPH:DOX // Sheffield Doc:Fest // Sonar Music Festival // SIFF // MIFF // BAFF 2006
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Eoghan (Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhride) is returning to Ireland for the first time in 15 years to accept a job offer: to find and record places free from man-made sound. His quest takes him away from towns and villages into remote terrain. He becomes drawn into a series of encounters and conversations which divert his attention towards a more intangible silence, one that is bound up with the sounds of the life he had left behind.
Available to stream or download on Volta from 27th July: http://www.volta.ie/films/silence
**Review from The Observer**
In this highly praised movie by the Irish documentarist Pat Collins, an uneasy mixture of fact and fiction, Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhríde, one of the film’s screenwriters, plays a sound recordist making a journey across Ireland to revisit his home on the remote Tory Island off the coast of Donegal after an absence of some years. Along the way he solemnly records natural sound, has unrevealing, unremarkable conversations with a not especially varied variety of folk he meets along the way, some of them Gaelic speakers. There are interesting images, some of them from the archives, but he and the film got nowhere that stuck in my memory.
There are some wide open soundscape, and a place like Ireland, the unsettling life from becoming drifted in sound, sounds wonderful to me.
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