CELLULOID

by HEY MAJESTY

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Celluloid (definition)

1.
a tough, highly flammable substance . . .
2.
motion-picture film.

This album is, in effect, made up of collaborations with a ghostwriter - Montreal film director Brian Barnhart - whose script, ‘Bring Me Flowers’, provided the inspiration for the music.
It is more usual that a musician composes the soundtrack after seeing the movie - or at least some of it. In this instance the music has been composed before a shot of film has been made. I felt that the text could be transposed into music and would then in turn inspire those same words to come to life when creating the images. The film enters full production in 2015, so we will have to wait to see to what extent this idea works!
Many of these pieces are one-take improvisations. The ‘yeah!’ you hear at the end of the opening track is director Barnhart, who sat opposite me as I played banjo, directing my performance like an actor in one of his movies. I’m no Marlon Brando but I’m ok on the banjo.
I have added other pieces I composed for Barnhart’s short film ‘Bad Time Montreal’ which was completed in 2013.

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released April 11, 2014

Recorded at CCTV Studios, Montreal 2013
Performed by Tom Jarvis
Produced by Tom Jarvis
Mastered by Etienne Tremblay
Executive Producer: Brian Barnhart
Album cover photo: Annie Billington
Special thanks to Byron for assistance with tracklisting.

This album was recorded using the following equipment:

Tenor Banjo, Harmony Acoustic Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar, Roland Space Echo RE-150 tape delay, Kay Bass Guitar, Casio Casiotone CT-310 Analog Synthesizer, Korg D1600 16 Track Recorder.

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Formed in Spring 2013, Brothers and Sisters Records is a Montréal co-operative of musicians, writers, magpies, dancers, DJ's, producers, promoters, photographers, painters, political activists, illustrators and administrators.

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