Inspired by an abandoned idea of Walt Disney's to build natural history cinemas in zoos, experimental composers, musicians and even an AI join filmmaker and Doctor of GeoHumanities Amy Cutler to re-invent the heroes, villains, sounds and spaces of nature broadcasts. We’ll travel through submerged volcanoes, bio-luminescence, flocking birds and swarming insects, accompanied by new performances, from live drone laments to the conducting of “feral singing” by the audience.

VOICE: Phil Minton’s feral choir will lead the audience in vocal improvisation around swarm footage of locusts, mice, and dying flies; musician and beatboxer Jason Singh will create a new commissioned sound-work for nature’s oddballs, misfits, and mudskippers; Anna Ridler and Amy Cutler will generate a new anthropomorphic nature documentary voiceover by neural network.

MUSIC: saxophonist and composer Nick Roth and improvising musician / computer scientist Panos Ghikas will perform a composition based on the flocking behaviour of birds and bird flocking simulators in response to nature documentaries which use inflight cameras to track migrating geese. Áine O'Dwyer will use voice and harp to create ceremonial music for the web spinning, death and mating of silk spinner spiders; and Bridget Hayden’s synth compositions and reconfigured blues will explore the subterranean spaces of deep sea nature documentary, from slo-mo shoals to drowned volcanoes.

Any attendee of this event is welcome to participate in the amateur Feral Choir and attend a free workshop of training beforehand (12.15-2.15pm) in improvised "feral" vocal techniques inspired by insect swarms! Sign up here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2106889346213401/

This special event is open for Festival Pass holders pre-selection.

Nature's Nickelodeons
  • Year2018
  • Duration90 min

Inspired by an abandoned idea of Walt Disney's to build natural history cinemas in zoos, experimental composers, musicians and a sci-fi writer join filmmaker and Doctor of GeoHumanities Amy Cutler to re-invent the heroes, villains, sounds and spaces of nature broadcasts. We’ll travel through submerged volcanoes, bio-luminescence, flocking birds and swarming insects, accompanied by new performances, from live drone laments to the conducting of “feral singing” by the audience.

Limited tickets will also be available with the Live Cinema Summit ticket, including access to the two day Summit and selected live events.

  • Director(s): Amy Cutler
  • Producer(s): Lisa Brook, Nia Childs (Live Cinema UK)
  • Country: UK
  • Premiere status: World Premiere