TRIBUTES – Pulse screening in Washington DC


The art film project TRIBUTES – Pulse by composer Simon Christensen and filmmaker Bill Morrison has been selected for a screening at The National Gallery of Art in Washington DC in June. The film will be accompanied by a series of Morrison's recent works

TRIBUTES – Pulse is these days being shown at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and was also on the programme at the Festival Du Nouveau Cinema in Montreal in October 2011.

The UK art magazine STATE brought a small feature of the film in their latest issue in relation to the DVD release. Read it here.

About TRIBUTES – Pulse

Through image and sound Morrison and Christensen have created a requiem for the 20th century - the persistence of a pulse, the contractions of the heart.

Christensen originally planned the project as a tribute to four American composers, Charles Ives (1874-1954), Conlon Nancarrow (1912-1997), Steve Reich (b. 1936), and Trent Reznor (b. 1965). The project consists of four movements, with the themes of Shifting (slightest change), Multiple (simultaneously different), Across (different directions)and Beat (moving synchronized) respectively corresponding to each composer.

The idea of "Pulse" is explored in both the music and the film. Christensen studied the role of Pulse - the rhythmic recurrence of vibration - in the music of these four composers. But pulse is also explored as a recurring theme in life, civilization, and nature. Using decayed archival film, Morrison tells a story from the remains of different narratives. The decay of the film creates a pulse in which episodes of comprised imagery appear. The four sections correspond visually to the four elements as a frontier for Man - Water, Earth, Fire and Air. The first glimpses moments in a woman's life. The second cuts between two frontier stories, when buffalo freely roamed the plains. The third examines industry and the loss of the frontier. The fourth explores flight, humankind's attempt to escape to the heavens, and Man's inevitable return to earth.

TRIBUTES – Pulse was world premiered at The Royal Danish Playhouse on June 16, 2011, where the music was performed live.

Partners: The Royal Danish Theatre and Montana
Sponsored by: Statens Kunstråd, Dansk Komponist Forening and Koda
Music released by: Dacapo Records
Musicians: Kundi Bombo, Christina Åstrand; violin, Peter Navarro-Alonso; sopranino, soprano and tenor saxophones, Simon Christensen; percussion, zither and electronics