PULSE, commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society, brings together British/Bulgarian composer Dobrinka Tabakova and Scottish film-maker Ruth Paxton to create a new score and film for the PRS for Music Foundation’s New Music Biennial in 2014, one of 20 new commissions selected from over 130 proposals.
Taking the ideas of ‘pulse’ and ‘place’, this collaboration pairs Tabakova’s rich musical language with Paxton’s bold film-making to create a film that explores the energy and diversity of life in a modern city and the driving forces behind how different societies and cultures mix. This is the first time that composer and film-maker have worked together. They are collaborating on the narrative shaping of the film, which will be screened to Tabakova’s new score for piano, percussion and gamelan, performed live and recorded, nationwide.
SAVE OUR SOULS
PULSE is a noir-like, expressionistic short about peril, rescue and the basic human need to connect. It expresses how fundamental our mental wellbeing is, how complex and sinister the territory in people’s minds can become. We want to demonstrate that we all have the power to save and be saved.
While focus is on physical health during the Commonwealth Games 2014, PULSE will highlight the importance of paying heed to our mental health, speaking universally about how vital we are to one another, as family, friends, colleagues and strangers. Depression is something lying dormant in us all, waiting to happen. The majority will live their lives unaffected, but in the course of a year, mental health issues will affect 1 in 4 people.
A cinema poem, set in central Glasgow which looks at how mental illness can affect lives, PULSE follows two strangers who share a brief, yet profound exchange that evokes sympathy, understanding, recognition and hope. Within our busy lives, within our cosmopolitan cities with their mix of cultures, humanity still connects.
Listen to the first release of an extract from PULSE by Dobrinka Tabakova.
VIDEO / IMAGES
PULSE performances across the UK and internationally:
28 January 2014 - 7PM - Shortwave Cinema, London - PRIVATE VIEW
13 February 2014 - 9PM - WORLD PREMIERE - Glasgow Short Film Festival - The Arches, Glasgow
14 February 2014 - 11AM - Talk with Ruth Paxton and Dobrinka Tabakova - Glasgow Short Film Festival - CCA, Glasgow
4 March 2014 - 2PM - Talk with Dobrinka Tabakova to composers from Birmingham Conservatoire
16 May 2014 - 7.30PM - Screening, Future Shorts, CCA, Glasgow
4 July 2014 - 9.30PM, 10.00PM, 10.30PM - Outdoor Screening, Mandela Walk, Southbank Centre, London
5 July 2014 - 9.30PM, 10.00PM, 10.30PM - Outdoor Screening, Mandela Walk, Southbank Centre, London
6 July 2014 - 4PM - Live performance, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London
7 July 2014 - 8PM - Talk and Screening, Cheltenham Music Festival, Cheltenham
2 August 2014 - 2.45PM - Live performance, Glasgow Royal Concert Halls, Glasgow
17 September 2014 - 5.00PM (+4 UTC) - Screening (in competition) Batumi International Art-House Film Festival (BIAFF), Georgia
19 September 2014 - 4.30PM - Talk with Dobrinka Tabakova and Tom Hutchinson - Encounters Film Festival, Cowshed, Bristol
19 September 2014 - 6.00PM - Screening (in competition) - Encounters Film Festival, Cowshed, Bristol
13 November 2014 - 1.45PM - Screening - Cork Film Festival, Cork, Ireland
14 November 2014 - 10.00PM EST - Screening - Cucalorus Film Festival, Wilmington, North Carolina
24 November 2014 - 3.00PM - Live performance - Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Huddersfield
24 November 2014 - c9.45PM - Live performance - After Hours, Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
11 January 2015 - 4.00PM - Screening - ICA, London Short Film Festival, London
16 February 2015 - 6.30PM - Screening - Girls on Film Club, Hoxton Hotel, London
28 March 2015 - 2.00PM - Screening - Sphinx Theatre's Women Centre Stage Festival, National Theatre, London
7 - 9 May 2015 - Screening - Electric Eye Music Festival, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
21 - 24 May 2015 - Screening - Lviv International Short Film Festival Wiz-Art, Lviv, Ukraine
15 July 2015 - Screening - Oval Space, London
YOU CAN BE A PART OF PULSE
Pulse is an original Short Film and Music Score, made by two young, award-winning, female artists, selected to feature in the New Music Biennial's celebration of the Commonwealth Games in 2014.
Created by 'original and rare' composer Dobrinka Tabakova, and 'bold and haunting' filmmaker Ruth Paxton, it will describe a moment in time when all the disparate sights, sounds and people in a city come together.
Backing a film or commissioning new music is affordable for anyone who loves Art. When Pulse is watched at the Commonwealth Games, at the Southbank and many other music and film festivals across the UK, you’ll know you played a part in making it happen.
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DOBRINKA TABAKOVA - Composer
RUTH PAXTON - writer/director
TOM HUTCHINSON - RPS Projects Coordinator
DOBRINKA TABAKOVA - Composer
ROLF HIND - PIANO
RICHARD UTTLEY - PIANO
RICHARD BENJAFIELD - PERCUSSION
GEORGE BARTON - PERCUSSION
ROBERT CAMPION - GAMELAN
Isabelle Carré - GAMELAN
ANDREW KEENER - RECORD PRODUCER
SIMON EADON - RECORDING ENGINEER
RUTH PAXTON - writer/director
ROSIE CRERAR - Producer
DAVID LIDDELL - CINEMATOGRAPHER
Uma Rajah - ACTRESS
Daniel Cahill - ACTOR
Ted Mitchell - 1st Assistant Director
Abigail Joshi - Production Designer
LAURA DONNELLY - CASTING DIRECTOR
RIANNE WHITE - Choreographer
Marcy Paterson - Costume Designer
Sarah Cairncross - Hair & Make-Up Designer
EDGE CITY FILMS
Royal Philharmonic Society
philharmonic: adj. devoted to music; music loving
The Royal Philharmonic Society [RPS] is celebrating its Bicentenary throughout 2013. The Society is for people who love music and live music making and who want to ensure a vibrant future for classical music. It offers support to talented young performers and composers, champions excellence and encourages audiences to listen, and talk about, great music.
The Society’s artistic activities focus on opportunities for composers and young musicians and through a programme of audience development, awards and lectures it seeks to raise the public consciousness of the finest music making today and to create a forum for debate about the direction of classical music.
The Society’s work is supported by many leading musicians, including distinguished RPS Gold Medalists Sir Simon Rattle, Dame Janet Baker, Dame Mitsuko Uchida, Thomas Quasthoff, Sir Bernard Haitink, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Alfred Brendel, Placido Domingo, Pierre Boulez and Claudio Abbado. The RPS receives no public funding. It is a registered charity supported by member subscriptions, partnerships and the generosity of individual donors.
To mark the achievements of distinguished practitioners across the industry the Society presents the annual RPS Music Awards, the UK’s leading awards for live music; the Leslie Boosey Award, for those who have made an outstanding contribution to further contemporary music in the UK, often in a ‘back stage’ capacity; the Salomon Prize, for orchestral musicians; Honorary Membership of the Royal Philharmonic Society, for services to music, which has been awarded to composers, conductors, performers, patrons, commentators programmers and educationalists; and the Society’s highest honour, the RPS Gold Medal.
Champions of Excellence - Creative thinking for Music - Understanding Music
NEW MUSIC BIENNIAL
The New Music Biennial is presenting a series of 20 brand new music commissions to audiences across the UK in 2014. All of these commissions will also be presented at two weekend showcases in London (4 – 6 July 2014) and Glasgow (2 – 3 August 2014) coinciding with the Commonwealth Games.
The New Music Biennial is a PRS for Music Foundation initiative, presented in partnership with Creative Scotland, Arts Council England and the British Council, and in collaboration with BBC Radio 3, NMC Recordings, Southbank Centre and Glasgow UNESCO City of Music. Additional support has been given by John S. Cohen Foundation, Arts Council of Wales, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the Incorporated Society of Musicians, The Bliss Trust and The Finzi Trust.
New Music Biennial
Thanks to the following organisations:
Hilton Garden Inn
Glasgow Short Film Festival
Boo Boo Kitty
PULSE IS PART OF THE NEW MUSIC BIENNIAL.
For more information about PULSE or to arrange a performance / screening, please contact Royal Philarmonic Society:
Royal Philharmonic Society
10 Stratford Place