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Celluloid - sound, ideas, pictures, pain, wonder, song.
Celluloid are one of those few bands who seem to have discovered that hallowed ground where accessible and experimental music co-exist. Eminently listenable, killer hooks and post-rock overtones are embedded into unsettling electronica soundscapes and at the heart of it all are deeply personal human songs full of pain and wonder.
Essentially a writing/production team Ian Jenkins and Matthew Devenish meet and share ideas through the common denominator of channelled anarchy. Both Have kicked against but have been informed by their respective backgrounds which generates a kind of Intellectual delinquency in their music. With this ethos in mind it comes as no surprise that one of their spin off projects involved collaborating with one of the last surviving poets of the beat movement Dick McBride.
This philosophy has extended to the recording studio with the same nucleus being augmented by the esoterics of such artists as Anna Palm and Andy Garbi.
Forged from 10 years of research and development - Celluloid is not a collaboration but a collision of visions - but one that has been slowed down before impact. That in essence, is the Celluloid sound - you know you're about to be torn apart but you can't help thinking how beautiful those shards of glass are before they strike.
Celluloid collaborations - "The Last Beat", a live and recorded performance project with one of the last surviving original American Beat Poets Dick McBride.
Recorded soundtracks to RAW dance company's Physical Theatre productions of "Essential Beauty", "Never in Public" and "Caged".
Celluloid Airplay - BBC Radio 3 late junction. BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester The Friday Session. BBC 6 Music
Celluloid Now - Currently writing and rehearsing new material.
Musicians also involved include Ben Crosland (keyboards), Brian Neil (guitars), Anna Palm (vocals, violin), Andy Garbi (vocals), Usama Dafaalla (turntablist) and Aine Furey (vocals).