I'm excited to announce that my new album, 'Rainbow' will be released on Orindal Records 15 January 2016 as clear vinyl LP, CD, and download. Here's the album art by Anna Fewster, with text by Thich Nhat Hanh
This month I'm getting ready for a residency at the Model Arts and Niland Gallery in Sligo, Ireland with a new project called BOG BODIES. Bog Bodies is a band including me (saxophone, electronics, tape loops) Sean Carpio (drums, guitar, voice, electronics), Anders Holst (guitar, electronics), and Benjamin Rowley (16mm film). Over the 10 days at the Model, we're going to be collaboratively developing a new work using music and 16mm film image and sound. We'll be sharing the results in a public performance on 15th July at the Model, as well as in installations and smaller performances around the gallery. We've been doing some preparatory work leading up to the residency, much of which we're collecting on a blog: https://bogbodies2015.wordpress.com/ Here's a 'taster' film we just finished using footage and recordings from a workshop we did back in December at Anselm Studio 1, Canterbury Christ Church University:
After its premier at Brighton Cinecity Film Festival last month, I'm glad to be able to share 'THE GREAT WORK,' an animated short film by Borbonesa for which I created the title music and sound design.
Here it is, followed by some text I wrote for them about how it was made:
The soundtrack for the 7 sequences of 'THE GREAT WORK' were all produced from the same audio source material: an unlabelled cassette tape found in a charity shop in Margate, Kent. The tape features a long personal recording of conversation during a car journey, and on the B side, what sounds like an amateur radio show with excerpts of 'light' music and commentary. The sounds on the tape were sampled (converted to digital files) and edited, processed, and resequenced, and mixed to create the score.
The title music is entitled 'The Great Work'. It was composed as a woodwind quintet with percussion and recorded using a multi-track ('sound-on-sound') process in which I played all the parts.
The 'LEAP OF DEATH' limited edition bookwork/LP is now available for purchase!
It can be ordered at the LEAP OF DEATH project webpage: www.robertstillman.com/leapofdeath. You can also see/hear the work in digital form here, and link to a free download of the music. Please see below for project info.
The film 4 Devils was released in 1928 by Fox Film Corporation. Directed by F.W. Murnau (Sunrise, Nosferatu), the circus-themed melodrama was a full-fledged Hollywood production of the late silent era. After its release, the film disappeared, and remains 'lost' to this day.
85 years later, composer Robert Stillman, writer/printmaker Anna Fewster, and bookbinder Sarah Bryant conjure 4 Devils back into existence with 'Leap of Death', a limited edition bookwork/LP that resurrects the lost film as 'imaginary fragments' of original music, image, and text.
Drawing inspiration from existing 4 Devils archive materials such as scripts, production stills, and promotional matter, as well as from Les Quatre Diables, the 1890 Herman Bang novella upon which the film script was based, Stillman, Fewster, and Bryant's work reconstitutes the 4 Devils narrative as an impressionistic 'atmosphere' of black-and-white trace monotype images, letterpress text, and through composed music, inviting an interpretive, non-linear experience of Murnau's story-world.
The bookwork/LP is available in a limited edition of 50 numbered copies, each consisting of one vinyl LP, six booklets, and three posters, collected in a clothbound enclosure.