Thursday, March 13, 2014

Len Lye: Tusalava soundtracked

Animated image from Tusalava

"In association with 'Len Lye: Agiagiā', Mangere Arts Centre -Ngā Tohu o Uenuku is hosting a musical event, whereby new soundtrack compositions by Pacifika composers are presented with screenings of 'Tusalava'.

‘Tusalava’ is a 10 minute film made by Len Lye in 1929. Len Lye made 7,000 drawings which he photographed to create this stop animation. These drawings were influenced by Modernism but also by Māori, Aboriginal and Sāmoan art.

The original soundtrack for Tusalava was written for two pianos by Australian Jack Ellit but it has since been lost. The following composers have been commissioned to each create a soundtrack for ‘Tusalava’: Matatumua Opeloge Ah Sam, Matthew Faiumu Salapu aka Anonymouz and Poulima Salima.

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