Sunday, April 15, 2018

#9 with David McGee: The Black Panther

Episode #1 of #9 with my friend Houston artist David McGee, a new podcast series I am recording, co-editing and scoring. This episode features a conversation between David, writer and poet Felicia Johnson and cultural anthropologist Stanford Carpenter about the film Black Panther, its impact on black (and white) audiences, and how imagination ferments revolution. Special thanks to Glasstire for allowing us to go off and do something different with a now very familiar format. 

Saturday, January 13, 2018

2018 screenings: collaborations with artist Jil Guyon:


Vigil from Jil Guyon on Vimeo.

Vigil has been selected to screen as part of Art 3's Second Biannual Cube Art Project. The video will be presented as a 750 sq. foot digital public display (with sound) in Lincoln, NE. Opens January 19th with screenings throughout the year.

Created and performed by Jil Guyon
Cinematography: Valerie Barnes
Original score: Chris Becker

Vigil features a nameless woman in a black dress slowly crossing an undefined, stark landscape. Extending from her costume, a trail of cloth symbolic of her mourning blows in the wind as the woman moves through a time and space with no beginning or end. Her meditative stillness combines with electronic sound to create an otherworldly visual intensity.

Other upcoming 2018 screenings of videos I scored for Jil include:

WW (video)
Frame & Frequency IV
VisArts, Rockville, MD & PLECTO Galleria, Medellín, Colombia
January 19 – February 18, 2018

WIDOW_Remix (video)
Les Rencontres Traverse Vidéo
Toulouse, France
March 7-18, 2018

WIDOW|GHOSTS (video) & DESERT WIDOW (performance + video)
Cinédanse Ottowa 2018
Arts Court, Canada
April 18-22, 2018

Friday, December 29, 2017

Chris Becker Feat. Vivalda Dula - Dreamland (Official Video)


Dreamland
released December 29, 2017
Music by Chris Becker, Vivalda Dula, Tony Maimone, Marcelo V. Robert
Lyrics by Vivalda Dula

Vivalda Dula: Vocals, Percussion
Marcelo V. Robert: Guitar
Tony Maimone: Bass
Chris Becker: All Other Sounds
Vocals, percussion and guitar recorded by Vivalda Dula and Marcelo V. Robert
Bass recorded by Tony Maimone
Mixed and Produced by Chris Becker
Mastered by Tony Maimone

Copyright Chris Becker, Vivalda Dula, Tony Maimone
Publishers: Beckeresque Music (ASCAP) / Vivalda Dula (ASCAP) / Maim One Music (BMI)

Dreamland featuring Vivalda Dula




Dreamland
Music by Chris Becker, Vivalda Dula, Tony Maimone, Marcelo V. Robert
Lyrics by Vivalda Dula

Vivalda Dula: Vocals, Percussion
Marcelo V. Robert: Guitar
Tony Maimone: Bass
Chris Becker: All Other Sounds
Vocals, percussion and guitar recorded by Vivalda Dula and Marcelo V. Robert
Bass recorded by Tony Maimone
Mixed and Produced by Chris Becker
Mastered by Tony Maimone

Copyright Chris Becker, Vivalda Dula, Tony Maimone, Marcelo V. Robert
Publishers: Beckeresque Music (ASCAP) / Vivalda Dula (ASCAP) / Maim One Music (BMI)

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Quatre (Mallarmé)



Quatre (Mallarmé) began as a movement of my musique concrète-inspired suite Portraits-Souvenir, a work-in-progress inspired by the French avant-garde and more obliquely various friends of mine in the arts. The original version of Quatre was built out of a field recording I made of toads and insects noisily croaking and chattering away after a Houston rainstorm. I edited and heavily processed the recording using tools in Ableton Live, my go-to digital audio workstation. Soprano, composer, and visual artist Misha Penton offered to improvise a vocal over the track, and chose for the text an excerpt from a poem by French symbolist poet Stéphane Mallarmé, whose words aligned nicely with the various subtexts of the suite. Not only did Misha record two different, wildly dramatic vocal performances, she also recorded herself reciting Mallarmé’s words in French. Other sounds became a part of the piece, including the ticking and chiming of my great grand mother’s antique clock, the furious pecking of typewriter keys, and an abrupt burst of drunken laughter. 

So the process was first composition, then improvisation over the composition, and finally composition of the improvisation to create a new composition, or something like that. To my ears, the timing of the sounds, singing and spoken words is both poetic and filmic, and could not have been realized in any way other than the trustful back and forth I enjoyed with Misha.

credits


released October 8, 2017 

Quatre (Mallarmé) 
Composed by Chris Becker and Misha Penton
Text by Stéphane Mallarmé from Le Phenomene Futur (A Phenomenon of the Future), 1875
English translation by Misha Penton
Vocals performed and recorded by Misha Penton
All other sounds recorded by Chris Becker
Mixed by Chris Becker
Mastered by Douglas Henderson

Friday, September 22, 2017

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Upcoming screenings of video works by Jil Guyon . . .


WIDOW_remix (trailer) from Jil Guyon on Vimeo.


WIDOW REMIX, my collaboration with director and performer Jil Guyon, has been selected for the Bideodromo International Film and Video Festival 2017 in Bilbao, Spain - Sept. 12-28 (Original score by Chris Becker; vocals by Helga Davis; cinematography by Valerie Barnes.)

I am also thrilled to have WIDOW | GHOSTS and WW screening with Experience Films at the 2017 Fayetteville International Film Festival. Original score for both films: Chris Becker and Cinematography: Valerie Barnes. Come see them at Stage Eighteen​ Sept 13th, 7-9 p.m. Visit Experiencefilms.net for more event details