10th year of sound and vision fest

La La Land
La La Land

An open-air screening of La La Land on Saturday night will launch the 10th Sensoria festival of music, film and digital.

Over the next week there is a packed programme of music, live soundtracks, special events, films and the SensoriaPro industry event.

Among the highlights is Metropolis at Magna Face of Steel on Sunday. Electronic duo Factory Floor will bring their new soundtrack for a 90th anniversary screening of the silent classic by Fritz Lang. There will also be demos by Sheffield Robotics before the screening at 4.30pm.

Other film screenings include the English premiere of Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World, a documentary on the influence of Native American music, introduced by Richard Hawley at the University Drama Studio on Sunday afternoon.

Also at at the University Drama Studio on Tuesday is a rare screening with live soundtrack to the 1983 version of Swedish classic The Moomins and the Comet.

The music is written and played by Graeme Miller and Andy Votel, Leeds-based post punk avant-garde theatre composers, providing a suitable complement to the programme’s surreal storylines and ‘fuzzy’ felt animations. They will take part in a Q&A afterwards.

The Abbeydale Picture House Social on Tuesday will screen documentaries on music filtering into totalitarian regimes in the shape of Liberation Day, in which Slovenian avant-garde rockers gain admittance to North Korea, and Raving Iran, about the country’s underground techno scene.

Other festival screenings include DA Pennebaker’s Monterey Pop on Sunday and The Inertia Variations, Swedish film-maker Johanna St Michael’s insight into the work and life of singer/songwriter Matt Johnson of The The, on Friday, October 6, both at the Showroom.

The aforementioned outdoor screening of La La Land will be at South Street Amphitheatre overlooking Sheffield’s skyline (if not exactly Los Angeles).

There will be more outdoor film shows on the final weekend on Devonshire Green in the shape of The Incredibles and Wonder Woman (the 209 animated version) on October 7 and Fantasia and Sing on October 8.

The final weekend event on Devonshire Green will also include live music at the Devonshire Dome including Hannah Peel, Francois and the Atlas Mountains and Tom Hickox.

The big musical highlight see Richard Hawley returning as part of a 3 Ring Circus this time with James Dean Bradfield (Manic Street Preachers) and French model and chanteuse Lou Doillon playing three individual shows at three venues, Trafalgar Studio, the Upper Chapel and University Drama Studio on October 6.

First up is avant garde singer Jane Weaver on Saturday at the University Drama Studio and other live gigs include Liam Walker & The Nevison Gang at The Big WoW next Thursday and Norweigian punk-pop band outfit Sløtface at Picture House Social on Friday next week.

The mighty SynthFest UK will return to the Octagon on October 7 when guests include Martyn Ware, Adrian Utley, Steve Levine and Hannah Peel plus Mini Oramics demo and Radiophonic Workshop in conversation.

The same day the veterans of the BBC’s pioneering Radiophonic Workshop – famed for their electronic experimentations and innovations, such as the Dr Who theme -­‐ will perform live at 6.30pm in the University of Sheffield Drama Studio. •

SensoriaPro is the festival’s unique, informal gathering of composers, filmmakers, music publishers, labels and festivals all under one roof to discuss the latest developments in music and the moving image.

Taking place at Showroom Cinema, highlights include composer Nitin Sawhney and conservationist Chris Packham discussing their Sky Arts project The Animal Symphony; Geoff Barrow (Portishead, Beak>, Invada Records) in conversation about his work on film scores and his inspirational, extensive music career.

There’s also the popular Sync & Scoring Contest with Ian Neil (Sony Music), Rachel Menzies (Native Music Supervision) and Jon Skinner (Music Gateway); artist-­‐friendly A&R with Mike Smith (Warner/Chappell) and Signed, Sealed, Delivered, a series of round table discussions offering a beginner’s guide to many aspects of the music industry.

Sheffield co-operative Regather launch a season of soundtracked screenings at their Club Garden Road base. Following an open call, Sheffield musicians have been selected to play a soundtrack live to the film of their choice. The Sensoria event on Thursday, October 5, features music from King Capisce, who have just released their third album ‘Momento.

For the 10th edition, Sensoria has received its biggest ever grant from Arts Council, England, with two year funding amounting to £100,000.

The British Film Institute has also recognised Sensoria this year with a significant uplift in its support. Locally Sheffield Hallam University has doubled their sponsorship and there has also been an increased award from PRS for Music Foundation.

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