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A City Soundscape for silent film and chamber orchestra. Film by Andrij Lyskov music by Jaelem Bhate
'A City Soundscape' is the product of 18 months of planning and creation by the artistic team of Andirj Lyskov and me, Jaelem Bhate. In early 2020, I approached Andrij about a concept of pairing an orchestral or classical score with a silent film, modelled after the lost art of silent film music of the early 20th century a la Charlie Chaplin and related cinema. After a few months of brainstorming, Andrij sent me a link to Jenni Olson's award-winning experimental 2005 documentary entitled 'The Joy of Life', set in San Francisco. I was immediately hooked, and knew that we had to produce something that told the story of this complicated, beautiful area we call Vancouver, on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh nations.
'A City Soundscape' was shot on tape film across the lower mainland from September 2021 through February, 2022. The collection of still moving scenes tells the story of the many sides of the city, held together by a 50 minute original score for 16 person chamber orchestra. Organized into four section--'Wet', 'Place', Passages', and 'Affirmation'--the film is meant for the audience to create their own relationships with the music and film; an immersive experience that probes our collective, individual relationship with Vancouver.
A City Soundscape was made possible with the help of a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.