#581: 2017.01.15 [matthew swiezynski]

song of the unvanquished

second reinterpretation of the sound-design in satyajit ray’s apu trilogy, focusing on the films aparajito (the unvanquished) (1956) & andapur sansar (the world of apu) (1959), with music by ravi shankar and sound by durgadas mitra, bishnu paridha, ranajit singha roy, satyen chatterjee, kali das, and robin sengupta. remixed and reimagined by matthew swiezynski.

the transfer/conveyance, mixing, and layering of the soundtrack was guided along the pathways of the sky with attention to these simple ideas :
– reoccurring moments of sound/music
– structural patterns, both simple and complex, broken and unbroken
– repetition used in noticeable ways and invisible ways
– errors or imperfections in editing highlighted and often times exaggerated
– creating trance moments to get lost in, and heighten awareness to what proceeds and follows
– attention to fuzz, scratches and other virtues of 35mm film
– removal of dialogue except for tiny moments that are more musical than narrative

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#554: 2016.05.29 [matthew swiezynski]

this edition, entitled urge along the pathways of the sky and the first of a 3-part series, has been produced in portland, oregon by matthew swiezynski, whose last name i actually know how to pronounce, as completely coincidentally we worked at a cinema together in cambridge, massachusetts in 1996. isn’t it a small world?

matthew, purveyor of the great invisible birds record label, and member of projects such as ingenting kollektiva and community of light, had this to say about this edition:

Urge Along the Pathways of the Sky; being a 57 minute sound experience, obsessively investigating Satyajit Ray’s film Pather Panchali (first in The Apu Trilogy from the year 1955) as source material, with a concentration on sound design and field recording elements from the film. Music by R. Shankar, sound recording by Bhupen Ghosh, Samir Ghosh and Durgacharan Mitra. Mixed by Matthew Swiezynski of the Ingenting Kollektiva. Includes rain, elements, birds, night sounds, trains, fuzz, drone, interrupted music, and speech fragments. Next installment will be the 2nd and 3rd in The Apu Trilogy.

for more information on matthew and his work, see:

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