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“Blue Eyes in Black and White”

By Sand Pebbles

Vocals, guitar: Tor Larsen; vocals, guitar, organ: Andrew Tanner; bass: Christmas Hollow; acoustic guitar: Ben Michael X; drums: Westley Holland. Copyright control
 

Drummer Piet Collins, bassist Christmas Hollow, and guitarist Ben Michael X of the Sydney-based band Sand Pebbles met while writing for the Australian soap opera Neighbours. Eventually joined by singer-guitarists Andrew Tanner and Tor Larsen and keyboardist Murray Ono, they have since released several albums, including 2010’s A Thousand Wild Flowers (Double Feature).

Esopus 12 (Spring 2009)
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Esopus CD #12: Black and White

“The composition of the film image is striking chiefly because only black, white and grey masses, black lines on a white ground, or white lines on a black ground, provide the raw material. A comparison can be made with music, in which articulate statements are possible only because definite pitches of sounds have been arranged in scales, and only these sounds are used in a composition.” —Rudolf Arnheim, Film as Art, 1957

There has always been something magical—even essential—about the melding together of music and black-and-white moving images, starting with the use of a piano to accompany the first public screenings of the Lumière Brothers’ films in 1895. For the 12th Esopus CD, we took a cue from film theorist Rudolf Arnheim’s musings on the similarity of means between the two forms and asked 11 musical acts to select a black-and-white film to use as inspiration for a song. Some contributors took a more literal approach, reflecting on, or expanding upon, the film’s narrative; others created what are essentially postfacto soundtracks. They all prove to be fascinating complements to their source material.


LIST OF FILMS:

TRACK LIST

 
01
Sand Pebbles
Blue Eyes in Black and White
 
02
Caledonia Mission
The Ballad of Blaze Tracy
 
03
Me Succeeds
Eine Symphonie des Grauens
 
04
Two Dark Birds
The Saddest Music in the World
 
05
Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson
Ciao Manhattan (First Draft)
 
06
Sam Amidon
Vance
 
07
DJ/rupture
El Verdugo
 
08
Lisa Cerbone
Scout Meets Boo
 
09
The Ruby Suns
I'd Like to Go Swimming
 
10
Nat Baldwin
Darker Numbers
 
11
Nina Nastasia
Repulsion