Accents is a new project of film/music by Glasgow’s UNESCO City of Music artist-in-residence Richy Carey. He brought in communities to perform a live soundtrack, as part of the Glasgow Short Film Festival, Accents focus is on the everyday music created by our voices. The work asks questions around how we communicate with one another, the difference in sound between our individual and collective identities.
Prior to the premiere of Accents at the Glasgow Royal Concert Halls, the composer Richy Carey presented a programme of various films that affected his project from various eras and filmmakers. Exploring ideas of place, voice and identity, collective performance, indeterminacy and instruction scores, as well as investigating the relationship between image, sound and text, the rich programme included works by Kathryn Elkin, Beatrice Gibson, Mikhail Karikis, Peter Rose and John Smith.
Blight by John Smith, with a score by Jocelyn Pook is an interesting addition to the programme, focusing on the sounds a demolition of neighbourhood can create. Rhythmic and repetitive, there is something unusual with this one, creating music from scenes of destruction, creating good from bad. Solo for Rich Man, Beatrice Gibson’s film takes William Gaddis’ book JR as it’s inspiration. Working with composer Anton Luckoszevieze and a group of children from east London, the film revolves around an experimental music workshop, inspired by composers Brian Dennis and John Paynter. Staged within Shoreditch Adventure Playground, a space associated with progressive models of learning, the film is using this idea of an eleven year old capitalist who makes millions from his school pay phone. The film is structured around five musical pieces performed by Anton and young boy, George, including the work of Fluxus artist George Maciunas and Chieko Shiomi’s Disappearing Music for Face.
Another interesting addition to the programme, Dame 2, a film by Kathryn Elkin, a graduate of the Glasgow School of Art and Goldsmiths, that recreates an interview on Parkinson with Helen Mirren from 1975. Backed by a choir of associates and friends, Kathryn transcribed and performed the interview as a song. The work was originally a performance in 2013, and was repurposed as a video in 2016 for the exhibition Television at the CCA. But it was back yet again in the CCA as a film that influenced Richy with his project. The thread running throughout these films is the exploration of sound and vision and how they can compliment each other to mould into a wonderfully rich programme of film. I am only disappointed I missed the actual project.