Ancient City: a non-visual film score

April 15, 2024

On April 15th, 202 Composer Paola Prestini and instrumental duo Nelson Patton will release their new collaborative album Ancient City: a non-visual film score on April on VIA (VisionIntoArt) Records.

"Render us rich and flourishing ; make us also wise and chaste.”
An Orphic Hymn

Photo Credit Marco Valentin

Ancient City holds in its sound world a beauty based on nature and rhythms of the land. It opens in a forest and ends in a town square with the three main characters, Dave, Marlon, and Paola, transformed by the rites and rituals of life. We incorporated field samples — from water, to foley inspired moments —wanting them to feel hard-edged against the rich tapestry of layered sound. Ancient City is about ordinary and magical lives, and it forces one to submit to an abstract world — a film guided by the invisible — from sounds of nature to the human voice, encouraging us to look at every day decisions and their consequences in a deeply human way. Every life holds ancestral guidance, and every person often masks their identity, with ceremonies and rituals binding disparate lives and moments, adding meaning and cogency across different cultures and societies. Ancient City is enigmatic, symbolic, ceremonial, concealing, mystical, sacred, cultural, theatrical and in the end, we hope, transformative.

A listening guide: The darkest hour of the night. Stars twinkle above, punctuating a void which draws your attention upwards, contemplating the vastness of the cosmos. Choose a seat, or lie on your back on one of the soft places amongst the fields of corn and wheat, or nestle in with the blankets or cushions of grass, bales of hay. Sounds of nature transport you far away from any urban context. The first rays of sunlight begin to streak across the landscape as the society awakens and begins to go about their daily lives. A spring gushes out of the craggy banks of the river; the refreshing stream works its way down to the swimming hole that has formed at the bend, you play. Winter stillness captures you, other realms are investigated. Clapping, trills, and singing bring you to lose yourself in joy and light. The first stars once again appear. You are utterly alone. Nothing is visible. Everything is visible. — Thaddeus Strassberger


Tracks


01 - Preparation
02 - Rites and Rituals
03 - Between Beliefs and Laws
04 - Ancestral Winds
05 - Rites of Migration
06 - Other Realms feat. Stuart Bogie
07 - Transformation


Credits

Paola Prestini, composition, vocals
Dave Nelson, trombone, looper, electronics, voice and improvisations
Marlon Patton, drums, percussion, Moog bass, electronics and improvisations
Stuart Bogie, clarinet
Produced by Paola Prestini, Dave Nelson and Marlon Patton

Recorded at Bone Hollow Recording
Mixed by Dave Nelson
Mastered by Tyler McDiarmid

Design by Scott Devendorf
Styled by Nicholas K
Photography by Marco Valentin
Masks by Julian Crouch

For VisionIntoArt:
Paola Prestini, Co-Founder & Co-Artistic Director
Jeffrey Zeigler, Co-Artistic Director
Ras Dia, Producing Director
Paige Lester, Managing Producer
Daniella Omeruo, Marketing & Production Associate
Jill Steinberg, Photographer and Board Chair

© Paola Prestini Publishing, ASCAP
DNel Music, ASCAP
Marlon Patton Music, BMI

Album info

Release date:
April 15, 2024

Paola Prestini, composition, vocals

Dave Nelson, trombone, looper, electronics, voice and improvisations

Marlon Patton, drums, percussion, Moog bass, electronics and improvisations

Stuart Bogie, clarinet

Produced by Paola Prestini, Dave Nelson and Marlon Patton

Recorded at Bone Hollow Recording
Mixed by Dave Nelson
Mastered by Tyler McDiarmid

Design by Scott Devendorf
Styled by Nicholas K
Photography by Marco Valentin
Masks by Julian Crouch

For VisionIntoArt:
Paola Prestini, Co-Founder & Co-Artistic Director
Jeffrey Zeigler, Co-Artistic Director
Ras Dia, Producing Director
Paige Lester, Managing Producer
Daniella Omeruo, Marketing & Production Associate
Jill Steinberg, Photographer and Board Chair

© Paola Prestini Publishing, ASCAP
DNel Music, ASCAP
Marlon Patton Music, BMI

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April 15, 2024

Ancient City: a non-visual film score

April 15, 2024

Ancient City: a non-visual film score

On April 15th, 202 Composer Paola Prestini and instrumental duo Nelson Patton will release their new collaborative album Ancient City: a non-visual film score on April on VIA (VisionIntoArt) Records.

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