Classically-scored film Pulse to kick off the Glasgow Short Film Festival

Classically-scored film Pulse to kick off the Glasgow Short Film Festival

The film is a collaboration between filmmaker Ruth Paxton and Grammy-nominated composer Dobrinka Tabakova

In the city there are eight million stories. One of these is 'Pulse', a collaboration between filmmaker Ruth Paxton and Grammy-nominated composer Dobrinka Tabakova. The world premiere of this thirteen-minute impressionistic noir opens this year's Glasgow Short Film Festival accompanied by a live rendition of Tabakova's gamelan-based score.

‘We started off talking about the idea of the city,’ says Paxton of a project which developed after the Royal Philharmonic Society, who had commissioned Paxton's earlier film, Rockhaven, suggested the collaboration. ‘There was the idea too of this basic human need to connect, and we talked about someone sending a distress signal.’ 'Pulse' eventually won the Royal Philharmonic a PRS (Performing Right Society) for Music Foundation commission.

With the film's Glasgow screening preceded by a selection of short works by Tabakova, music and image are as inseparable as they were in Paxton's film, Nevada, which was shown at GSFF 2013 with a live score played by nouveau-folk trio, Lau.

‘The fact that Dobrinka and I developed it together will make it a richer thing to watch,’ says Paxton, ‘and hearing the music played live will definitely enrich the experience.’

Pulse, The Arches, Glasgow, Thu 13 Feb.

Creating PULSE

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PULSE

Glasgow Short Film Festival 2014 opens with the world premiere of PULSE, a collaboration between British/Bulgarian composer Dobrinka Tabakova and Scottish filmmaker Ruth Paxton. The expressionist film travels through Glasgow along the River Clyde exploring the diversity of life in a multicultural metropolis. Tabakova’s…

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