Haunted
Ghosts

4 movement films that explore isolation and trauma

through the convergence of natural sound and movement with algorithmic AI technology, drone film and machine manipulations.

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The films

Chapter 1: Fire

Chapter 2 : Trip 2

Chapter 3: Melted Sparks

Chapter 4: The Return

Music

In collaboration with the newly formed neo-classical electronic group Golden Cut, filmmaker Ramin Aryaie was inspired to create four films based on four musical pieces recorded last year in Jeremy Black’s Berlin recording Studio. Created in an improvisational setting, Black uses live electronics, effects and samplers to manipulate violist Shelley Sörensen and cellist Rachel Maio improvisations. Thus creating lush sound scapes, emotional loops and rhythmic accents that can provide a foundation for raw emotional live productions to take form.

Films

The films, like the music are also based around improvisation and pure emotion. The dance pieces were filmed in nature with a drone. They explore the relationship between bodies, emotions and algorithms. The themes of these films are past traumas and their resurfacing. The ghosts that haunt us and the ghosts we haunt (thus the title: haunted ghosts). They are the first project to be released as part of a larger scope project on mental health and depression called “Not Alright”.

Words

To further bond the films and the music we approached 4 of our favorite writers to create spoken word pieces that share experiences with their personal “ghost”. Each author writing to their assigned piece only, with the intention of creating a dialogue between the films and an overarching commonality of these kinds of of experiences.

Behind the films

A collaborative project merging music, words, dance, film and algorithms.

Miriam Arnold

Miriam Arnold

Dance

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Golden Cut

Golden Cut

Music

Newly formed alt-classical electronic group Golden Cut works in improvisational settings. Black uses live electronics, effects and samplers to manipulate violist Shelley Sörensen and cellist Rachel Maio improvisations. Thus creating lush sound scapes, emotional loops and rhythmic accents that can provide a foundation for raw emotional live productions to take form.

Ramin Aryaie

Ramin Aryaie

Directed by

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Golden Cut

An alt-classical band

Golden Cut

Golden Cut

Newly formed alt-classical electronic group Golden Cut works in improvisational settings.

Black uses live electronics, effects and samplers to manipulate violist Shelley Sörensen and cellist Rachel Maio improvisations.

Thus creating lush sound scapes, emotional loops and rhythmic accents that can provide a foundation for raw emotional live productions to take form.

Shelley Sörensen

Shelley Sörensen

Viola - Classically trained in the UK, Germany and Australia, Shelley has always had a flair for fusing her instrumental skills with alternative sounds and ideas.

She began playing the violin and viola with bands and solo artists from a young age and is as comfortable in the studio as on a concert hall stage.

Shelley has recorded soundtracks for Hollywood films with symphony orchestras, is featured on hit records and has worked with artists such as Bon Iver, Passenger, Lisa Hannigan, Florence and the Machine and Damon Albarn.

Jeremy Black

Jeremy Black

Producer - Jeremy Black is a really cool producer.

Jeremy Black is a really cool producer.

Jeremy Black is a really cool producer.

Rachel Maio

Rachel Maio

Cello - Rachel is a classically trained Sydney born cellist, singer and composer now living in Berlin.

She has been performing and collaborating internationally for 25 years with an array of artists

including Cyndi Lauper, Alan Cumming, Lance Horne, Meow Meow, Angus & Julia Stone, Tex Perkins, Sacha Waltz & Guests, STARGAZE, Marta Collica, Jonathan Bepler and Matthew Barney.

Rachel and Shelley met whilst studying at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and reconnected in Europe over ten years later for Pop Kultur festival, Berlin. Their synergetic sound and friendship led them to continue collaborating together and when Shelley introduced Rachel and Jeremy Black for an impromptu improvised gig, a new musical force was created and Golden Cut emerged.

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