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Acre Loss is a collaborative project which brings together musician Mark Templeton and filmmaker aAron Munson to create ten musical compositions accompanied by ten short films. Guitar, banjo and a host of sounds from both home and outdoor-based field recordings dominate the musical aspect of Acre Loss while Munson's use of Super 8 and 16mm film with overtly modern cinematic processes find the best of different times and technologies. Folk-leaning, yet wholly otherwise-sounding melodies aurally expose the visual component, with the ability to act both as specific sonic events or as soundtrack. With a subtle processing of string instruments leaving clean phrases intact while nonetheless guiding them through digital techniques, these pieces retain Templeton's sonic personality while clearly making space for his collaborator. Though the music stands alone as a complete album, it is more fully realized and understood in the short, hazy bursts of the intertwined visual material. An unhurried pace characterizes both song and film in Acre Loss, as both find their identity in texture and tone. The use of film rather than digital video along with the artists' treatment of said film, transforms the pieces into layered explorations, just as the songs they are part of. Because neither side of the audiovisual spectrum took precedence for this project, each elevates the understanding of the other, contributing to the sense that together they are parts of a more complete object. The strengths of this work lie in the knowledge and perspective brought to it by each collaborator. Templeton is best known for his critically acclaimed Standing On A Hummingbird album released on Anticipate in 2007, though he has been active in the Edmonton, Alberta music scene for years (previous to his recent move to Montreal). Recognized and supported by the National Film Board of Canada, Munson is an Edmonton-based filmmaker whose work includes over twenty short films, as well as several installations and performances with musical artists (including Templeton at MUTEK 2007). DVD format: NTSC/PAL double-sided disc for worldwide play, region free. The DVD contains the same audio tracks as the CD, with video added for each track.
Cat. number: anticip 009