David Lang: The Village Detective - a song cycle

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Known for his poignant use of long-forgotten, and
sometimes deteriorated, archival footage to open
new doors of perception about our shared history and
collective mythology, filmmaker Bill Morrison has
crafted his own detective story out of his latest filmmusic
venture with composer David Lang, aptly titled
The Village Detective.
The saga began in 2016, when Morrison received an
email from composer Jóhann Jóhannsson about a
fisherman off the coast of Iceland who had found four
reels of an old Soviet film in his net. Derevensky
Detektiv (1969) was not a lost, rare, or even a
particularly good film, but Morrison was intrigued, and
began to build his own mystery narrative around the
film’s discovery at the bottom of the ocean.
'The story involves a stolen accordion,' he explains.
'And I started to think about that instrument as a set
of lungs that is found in the folk music of people all
across the globe.'
When Jóhannsson died unexpectedly in 2018,
Morrison brought the idea to Lang. 'David was
excited by the fact that this film had new stories to tell.
Ultimately we arrived at a soundtrack with a single
accordion [played with elegance and emotion by
Norwegian musician Frode Andersen] — a single set of
lungs diving into the ocean to retrieve this story. The
extraordinary music David wrote perfectly captures
this, and the beautiful, tragic and inexorable drift of
Item number CA21164
Barcode 713746316426
Release date 28/05/2021
Label Cantaloupe Music
Media type CD
Number of units 1
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