Update: we just won an award for Best Art House Film at Brighton Rocks Film Festival!
I was invited to design the sound for this short film, in collaboration with director Lois Norman and dancers Iron and Sparks. The full version hasn't been released online yet as it's doing the festival circuit, so you'll have to wait for the full immersive sound experience!
My role here was to take the existing sound of skates brutally scuffing ice and turn it into an expression of the emotional tension and release between the dancers, using extracts of cello and other effects I created through experimentation. Lois wanted the silence to be as meaningful as the sound, and I had to tone down my original version so that the dancers took priority over the audio; so that they lead the story, not the music. It was a new experience for me to reign in my creative expression to fit with the director's vision, as I usually work alone – and it made so much sense once I wrapped my head around it. In the silence, we focus intently on minute movements; touch, pause; attract, repel; harmony, chaos, our own emotional memories... I really enjoyed the challenge and appreciated the clarity and depth of her vision. Through her eyes and through discussion, I saw new aspects emerge, and was able to read and therefore contribute more and more into the film through working together.