‘Things Of The Aimless Wanderer’ movie selected at Sundance Festival

Great news! The new film by Rwandan director Kivu Ruhorahoza ‘Things Of The Aimless Wanderer’ for which Daniel wrote the music and sound, has been selected for the ‘New Frontier’ section of the Sundance Film Festival. Daniel will be flying to Utah for the event.

See the film’s page on the Sundance website here.

Read Daniel’s comments about making the soundtrack for the movie:

“It’s not often that a film director approaches a composer with a new film saying “There’s very little dialogue so we need lots of music and I want it to be as experimental as possible!” And yet this the kind of project I was offered with ‘Things Of The Aimless Wanderer’.

Based on some of my previous work and as founder of experimental music label Sargasso (www.sargasso.com), director Kivu Ruhorahoza and producer/editor Antonio Ribeiro thought I’d be well suited to provide for the considerable sonic needs of the film. They also gave me some intriguing references to watch as examples of the direction they wanted the film to go. I was pleased to see these references were classic art/auteur films like Chris Marker’s ‘Sans Soleil’ and ‘La Jetée’, Kurosawa’s ‘Rashomon’ and other European avant-garde directors like Alain Resnais.

Kivu wanted the music not just to accompany the visuals but also to go against them and pervert the meaning of the images. As the whole film is about three different perspectives on the same event – the disappearance of a young girl –, we decided early on that each of the three protagonists would inhabit a particular sonic universe that reflected their inner-states.  I therefore started looking at the background of each character and define what their ‘cultural imprint’ would be. The last thing Kivu wanted was ‘African music’. His artistic vision is much broader, surreal and unorthodox. It was exciting to be encouraged to try out improbable juxtapositions of sound and image to warp any expectations.

We went from the primeval/organic wails of a ram’s horn to totally electronic synth warbling, via the classic ‘Western’ acoustic piano. One of the sounds I ended up using are church bells I had recorded years ago in one of the oldest bell foundries in Italy, based in this tiny village near Rome. They kindly allowed me to visit their storerooms and capture the extraordinary richness of the hundreds of bells of all sizes that were hanging from the ceiling. There I was, hitting, scraping, swiping away, under the bemused gaze of the local workers. I knew these sounds would come in handy one day…”

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