Continuing our collaborations, I created a soundtrack for Jennifer’s installation film, Present Day, earlier this year. The film is intended for a large vertical projection. Per Jennifer’s description: “Present Day depicts the silhouette of a present-day shaman performing a sequence of movements beneath a crescent moon. His routine is expressive and random and it becomes apparent that his dance is not grounded in a specific cultural tradition but is more a mash-up of idiosyncratic references. As the routine ensues, the image scrolls upwards: we might imagine the Shaman comes closer to ethereal ecstasy. He begins to effect surprising edits to his video that gradually reveal more truths about his being. The piece is paced similarly to a song, underscoring the rock music we imagine he hears with an introduction, chorus, bridge, and faded ending.”

Present Day (2012), audio for film by Jennifer Lauren Smith