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The audio for Popehelm and To Be Here

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Original languageEnglish
Media of outputFilm
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


Popehelm and To Be Here are short films by Sam Jury with sound and music by the author.

Made in collaboration with experimental writer Sarah Goldstein and the author, Popehelm merges three distinct languages; dystopic cinematic, personal narrative, and an experimental use of voice to create acoustics spaces, both perceptually real and imaginary. Ambient spaces are created having both diegetic and non-diegetic quality to the images. Hybridised vocals sounds are created through convolving one with the acoustic of another. The sound of the narrators are placed in contradictory spaces, often intermingling with the ambience surrounding.

The film imagines a societal decline and aftermath, mapping a journey from vast empty landscape to the intimate detailing of unused objects in abandoned interiors accompanied by the monologues of three women that chart a personal journey from loss to obsession. The texts, soundscape, and filming are shaped together to engender the process of post-traumatic repetition that continues to play out long after the cataclysmic event. Popehelm has screened as part of Disasters of Peace Film Programme (2017/18) at the Whitechapel Gallery, London, 54th Ann Arbor Film Festival, USA and Experiments in Cinema Festival, Albuquerque, USA.

To Be Here was first exhibited as an immersive installation, with octaphonic soundscape by composer Rob Godman, commissioned by the Broad/MSU Art Museum, USA under the directorship of Michael Rush. It uses sound captured directly from the camera and was originally mixed ‘on-site’ at the Broad/MSU Art Museum (taking into account the acoustic of the space that is was to shown in). This enlightened approach to sound from the gallery allowed for an integrated site/sound/image work. New mixes of the linear version were created for conventional film showings. Jury was awarded the AHRC Research in Film Awards 2018 for To Be Here.

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