What is this project all about?
This project is about raising the production budget to make possible a professional documentary about the composer Cristian Vogel and his new creation for immersive sound, "The Ballad of Agnete and The Merman" . The piece will be premiered in Aarhus Denmark, under the official programme of the European Capital of Culture 2017. Independent film makers, Trevor Jacobson and Tanya Goehring aka The Automatic Message, will be travelling from Vancouver to Aarhus to document the work on camera, as Cristian Vogel and his team put together an ambitious proposal for rethinking electronic music performance in 2017. They will then create a final documentary, featuring their footage shot on location, interviews with composer and performers and original soundtrack created by Cristian Vogel.
What is the project goal and who is the project for?
The project goal is not to fund the music creation itself, but
to fund the video documentation alone.
We aim to complete a short film of approximately 30 minutes, to be shown at film festivals and cultural broadcasting (tbc).
The film is intended for an adult audience interested in the aethestics and practice of spatial sound, electronic music and the pioneering work of composer Cristian Vogel, which has not been documented on film before.
Why would you support this project?
"The Ballad of Agnete and The Merman" depends on a big installation of loudspeakers to achieve 3D immersive sound. The piece is being created at Godsbanen theatre in Aarhus. It is a site specific installation especially commissioned for the Aarhus European Capital of Culture 2017, and no tour is planned.
By recording aspects of the installation and performance, interpreting the music with their intriguing videographic style, the documentation by The Automatic Message will reach Cristian Vogel's international fan base, so that they may also share some of the experience even if they can't physically attend.
How will we use the money if the project is successfully funded?
If we are successful, the funds will be used exclusively on travel, production and equipment costs relating to the shoot on location, and to cover the costs involved in the editing and mastering processes of the final video and audio product.
Who are the people behind the project?
Vancouver-based Trevor Jacobson and Tanya Goehring are The
Automatic Message. Since forming The Automatic Message in 2006,
Trevor and Tanya have been producing dark, off-kilter techno and
supporting it with their own visual interpretations.
The Automatic Message's music videos have been screened internationally at various music video festivals. Additionally, they run their own annual music video festival in Vancouver – RENDER: The Vancouver International Music Video Festival.
Cristian Vogel is a long-term innovator in the composition, mixing and performance of electronic sounds. Spanning over 20 years in the vanguard of European electronic music, his work has been acknowledged as an outstanding influence in the fields of composition for stage, club culture and studio.
The music project "The Ballad of Agnete and The Merman" is supported by The Danish Arts Council and the Aarhus2017 Foundation.