Construct Comma Demolish

by Sebastian Laskowski

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I was asked by emerging filmmaker Rheanna Toy if I'd be willing to score music for a dance film that she had put together with choreographer/dancer Karissa Polsom. Of course, I took the offer!

The video was in the post-production stage when Rheanna contacted me, and I met with her and Karissa to discuss what they were looking for. Karissa had choreographed a lot of the piece to a GMLAB song, so that was helpful in terms of knowing what she was looking for.

I started out with manipulated vibraphones, but the two agreed that that sound wasn't cutting it, and I eventually went back to the piano. I added cello as well, and recorded Karissa and the dancers breating in various ways, to give the piece a more "airy" sound, since it was shot in a dark and long hallway at the dance studio. Using lots of reverb on the breathing, I gave it a very chamber-like feeling that is so apparent in the video, and which the piano and cello wouldn't suffice on their own. I ended up using a single hit from the manipulated vibes at the very end, which give it a shakiness that i displayed in the "demolished" stage of the film.

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released June 1, 2011

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Sebastian Laskowski Vancouver, British Columbia

Sebastian is a Vancouver-based composer who fuses acoustic music with electronics. He has written for various groups, from string trio to choir to orchestra, as well as created scores for contemporary dance, film, theatre and installations. He studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Canada, Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, and Goldsmiths, University of London. ... more

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