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28 Aug 2013


Simon Fisher Turner – The Epic Of Everest—

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Simon Fisher Turner releases a new score for the BFI National Archive’s restoration of The Epic of Everest dir. Captain John Noel (1924), the official film record of Mallory and Irvine’s ill-fated 1924 Everest expedition. The film will be released in cinemas on 18 October with the score released on Mute on 21 October 2013.

On the same day as the national release, the film will premiere at the BFI London Film Festival, with a live score from Simon Fisher Turner and musicians involved in the soundtrack, go to here for further details and ticket announcements.

Watch a trailer for The Epic Of Everest film here and listen to a track from the album, Makalu here.

Working on the project for over a year, Simon Fisher Turner “went about gathering the musicians in the same way I cast extras for Jarman’s films”. Brass plays a big part in the overall soundtrack (“the album was almost jazz”, he admits) and the score features Cosey Fanni Tutti (Throbbing Gristle, Carter Tutti Void) on cornet (“she sounds fantastically Tibetan”, says Fisher Turner) and Gyratory System’s frontman Andrew Blick on trumpet. To complement the brass, he enlisted labelmate James Brooks (Land Observations), drummer Asaf Sirkis (Asaf Sirkis Trip / Gilad Atzmon) and the pioneering cellist and composer Peter Gregson, currently the Artist in Residence at the School of Design Informatics of Edinburgh University as well as the Thapa family, a Nepalese family he found through the Embassy in London. In addition Simon Fisher Turner explains, “Both my children were keen to help so we recorded sounds throughout the last year and in two different churches, with them playing cup gongs and prayer bowls.”

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