Singapour - 2009/2017 - Color - stereo sound - 42 min
Shooting format : HD
Directed by Ho Tzu Nyen
Expanded cinema performance with FOUDRE!
Live soundtrack by FOUDRE! & guests
Frédéric D. Oberland // mellotron, analog synths, buzuk
Romain Barbot // electronics
Gregory Buffier // acoustic laptop, electric guitar
Paul Régimbeau // analog synths
Christine Ott // ondes martenot
SOUNDTRACK NOW AVAILABLE on 'EARTH' by FOUDRE!
Vinyl + DL via GIZEH 2017
Commissioned by Silke Schmickl from Lowave for the festival 'Singapour Mon Amour' in Paris, this album was recorded in the 16th century gothic church of Saint-Merry in June 2015 as a live soundtrack performance for EARTH - an experimental film directed by one of the most important Singaporean contemporary artists, Ho Tzu Nyen. Acclaimed by art and film critics worldwide and presented at some of the most prestigious international film festivals (Cannes, Venice, Rotterdam..), EARTH is inspired by the works of classical European painters such as Caravaggio, Rembrandt and Delacroix. The film unfolds dramatically as the camera moves across a theatrically choreographed scene involving 50 actors, as the details of a post-apocalyptic landscape are revealed frame by frame.
Ho Tzu Nyen on EARTH:
“We see the site of an unknown disaster, the debris of history that constitutes the story of Earth. Upon the site, lay fifty 50 humans oscillating between consciousness and unconsciousness, life and death. Sometimes, one of them emerges into the foreground - clutching a fist, batting an eyelid, or weeping for his neighbor. At other times, these figures recede from the light, losing their individual shapes to form a gigantic organism, breathing in unison, pulsating like a jellyfish, though their journey across Earth.”
The live soundtrack is provided by FOUDRE! the new drone project created by Frédéric D. Oberland (Oiseaux-Tempête, FareWell Poetry), Romain Barbot & Grégory Buffier (Saåad),and the electronic/noise artist Paul Régimbeau (Mondkopf/ Extreme Precautions). For this special expanded cinema performance, the quatuor is joined by ondes-martenot's virtuoso Christine Ott (Tindersticks, Yann Tiersen).
2015: Singapour Mon Amour Festival // Lowave, église Saint-Merry, Paris