Last year was the centenary of Norman McLaren, the incredibly influential Canadian film artist whose animated films for the National Film Board of Canada shaped the worlds of cinema, music and art. To celebrate, last September the Toronto International Film Festival commissioned a special multimedia live film/music event called Re-sounding The Films of Norman McLaren, featuring the Toronto astro-beat band Absolutely Free. The three-piece created spacey, psychedelic new soundtracks to seven of McLaren's works and scored them live against projections of the original films on King Street.
Today, we bring you the second of the series (watch the first, their synesthetic "visual music" piece for Synchromy, here): "Re-Sounding: Mosaic." Taking inspiration from Mosaic, McLaren's experimental 1965 collaboration with animator Evelyn Lambart, the band played a hypnotic, slow-swelling synth epic that matches the mosaic unfurling on screen as a tiny square divides, multiplies and spreads across the screen. It's precise and mesmerizing. Absolutely Free's original music adds new layers to an already brilliant simple-yet-complex composition - a total harmony of movement, colour, form and sound.
Watch it above, and check out the previously released "Re-sounding Synchromy" below. Also, make sure to catch Absolutely Free this weekend at Field Trip festival in Toronto. They play Sunday at 2pm.