Monday, May 3, 2010
Circle of Light
It's hard to keep track of Delia Derbyshire's post-workshop output in the early 1970s, but one thing I wanted to make sure to mention is her collaboration with Elsa Stansfield on the music for Anthony Roland's 1972 film "Circle of Light: The Photography of Pamela Bone." The film itself is straight out of Ghost Box central casting, a beautiful wordless video essay that pans in and out of desolate figure-less landscape photos, most of them bearing the imprint of huge sun-like spherical objects. Very "Winter Sun Wavelengths." The score weaves electronic effects and field recordings (birds chirping, wind howling through branches, etc.) into a kind of pixie-dust sprinkled ambient sound tapestry. Here's a link to the soundtrack. It runs about a half hour or so. And you can stream a clip from the film here (or if that doesn't work, here).