DocSound: Sounds in Everyday Life


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Sound is often placed as mere background in a film. As a musical accompaniment; as an atmosphere builder; as a soundscape that is dragged into a recording device; and several other positions, which then put the existence of sound as the umpteenth subject aside of images and various other elements in a film.

In everyday life, sound has a function that is far broader than that. Sound or noise is often attached to social, cultural and political contexts. Sound can be a mark of memory, a mark of life, and a mark of time—just as the soundscape will have differences and characters according to their respective places. Its distinct character can be attached to memory, both personal and collective.

“DocSound” aims to present the position of sound in everyday life through film. Selected films in this program treat sound as their main strength and open new perspectives in approaching the relationship between film, sound, and our daily lives.

Sounds produced by nature always keep their own wonders and messages, as shown in the film In the Stillnes of Sounds (2018). Sounds from the forest landscape are the subject of this film. Those sounds present with the context inherent in them, at the same time can be processed and released from the context, to present different impressions and feelings.

Opera O Polsce (2017) collages convey an experiment that combines archives and contemporary material, through sound and visual elements with the compilation of musical compositions, to accompany changes that occur in people’s daily lives, and from them, question the identity of the Polish nation itself. Electro-Pythagoras: A Portrait of Martin Bartlett (2017) presents experimental musician Martin Bartleet, as a pioneer of microcomputer users in the 1970s & 1980s, through diary archives, and Bartlett’s letters, read by the narrator.

While in the film Waterland (2018), sound material (soundscape and conversation) is present and put forward without images so we treat them differently. This short film will be placed as a sound installation in a special room, called the EPSON Room; which is located in Taman Budaya Yogyakarta. The film as well as this installation can be enjoyed every day during the FFD 2018 from 1.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. – 8.30 p.m.. Meanwhile, other films will be screened at IFI-LIP Yogyakarta on December 8, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. WIB.