Musical highlights of the Glasgow Short Film Festival 2014
Featuring projects by Ruth Paxton and Dobrinka Tabakova, Alex Neilson and Konx-Om-Pax
Three sessions on the relationship between sound and image open with the makers of Pulse, Ruth Paxton and Dobrinka Tabakova. Former Y’All Is Fantasy Island vocalist Adam Stafford follows alongside sound designer Marcin Knyziak and composer Daniel Padden, who worked on Stafford’s second film, No Hope for Men Below. Sam Firth and composer Fraya Thomsen end with a look at Stay the Same, in which Firth filmed herself in the same spot every day for a year.
CCA, Fri 14 Feb, 11am.
Artist and performer Michelle Hannah’s live-art multimedia nightclub inspired by The Walker Brothers’ 1978 swansong Nite Flights moves into a disused underground car park, where a dozen artists, including Douglas Morland and Linder Sterling (making her first visit to Glasgow since performing her 13-hour epic The Darktown Cakewalk at GI 2010) explore the gifts of sound and vision anew.
Fleming House Car Park, Renfrew Street, Fri 14 Feb, 10.30pm.
Percussionist and musical polymath Alex Neilson provides live accompaniment to a trio of films with three very disparate troupes. Saxophone/drums duo Death Shanties accompany Lucy Stein and Shana Moulton’s film Polventon, vocal harmony ensemble The Crying Lion and artist Oliver Mezger revisit Orkney-born filmmaker Margaret Tait’s 1966 short The Big Sheep. The grand finale comes with Trembling Bells’ suitably raucous accompaniment to Rory Stewart’s portrait of legendary boozer the Port O’Leith.
The Art School, Sat 15 Feb, 7pm.
It’s more than a decade since Newcastle-sired veteran electronic duo Zoviet France appeared at Tramway to perform The Decriminalisation of Country Music. Now in their fourth decade of existence, these contemporaries of Cabaret Voltaire and Throbbing Gristle blow the dust off their homemade kit for a bill that also features film, video and analogue synth auteur Konx-om-Pax (aka Tom Scholefield), as well as a DJ set from Mark Maxwell of Glasgow’s long-standing purveyors of electronic sounds, Rubadub. (At time of writing, attendance by Optimo's JD Twitch was still to be confirmed.)
The Art School, Sat 15 Feb, 10.30pm