Fascinating trip into the past

A FASCINATING new project, combining newly-discovered vintage film footage taken by ordinary people with a haunting new live music score, is showing in Derby on July 7.

Past Lives has toured around the Midlands but has been specially adapted for the screening at QUAD with exclusive scenes showing Derbyshire.

Combining cutting edge technology with nostalgia, Past Lives features rarely seen amateur footage of Midlands life from the 1930s to the 1970s set to an atmospheric soundtrack performed live by ambient soundscape pioneers Cipher with guest musicians from Derby’s world famous Sinfonia ViVA.

Capturing moving images is now commonplace with mobile phones and pocket cameras, but before the digital age it wasn’t so easy.

Small format movie cameras were the liberating technology of the mid-20th Century, giving ordinary people the chance to record everyday events on their 8mm and 16mm cameras.

Cipher have collaborated with visual artist Anthony Hatton to produce a thought-provoking and engaging visual and live musical experience using little seen footage from the Media Archive for Central England.

The music is composed by renowned musicians Theo Travis (sax, flute) and Belper based Dave Sturt (fretless bass/sound design). They will perform with guest musicians Deirdre Benscik (cello) and Clare Bhabra (violin) from the renowned Sinfonia ViVA, based in Derby.

Past Lives starts at 7pm. Tickets are £10 (full price), £9 for concessions and £8 for Quad members.

Call 01332 290606 for more details.