Debut: From the Mouth of the Sun, “Sitting in a Roofless Room”

Video by Carter Gunn

"Sitting in a Roofless Room" is the centerpiece of the album Woven Tide, an orchestral composition in eight tracks, or maybe movements, by the collaboration From the Mouth of the Sun. Gothenburg, Sweden's Dag Rosenqvist (a.k.a. Jasper TX) and Topeka, Kansas' Aaron Martin are the composers of the work, which is a swelling, dynamic piece. "Sitting in a Roofless Room" begins with a hollow echo chamber of strings and then adds drama with a taut, tense piano line, from underneath which the strings re-emerge to sweep all the sound into a large mound, almost forming a stalagmite of cresting notes. About two minutes later, it calms down again, and every instrument heads back into their respective homes, closing the door peacefully.

This video was assembled by Carter Gunn, who is known for directing a film that did well on the festival circuit last year called Colony. The film is about the lives of beekeepers and their reactions as their beehives go mysteriously empty, due to unknown circumstances, maybe sickness amongst the bees caused by pesticides. Knowing this, it's easy to see why Gunn would be interested in this song – it posseses a similar quality of an omnipresent buzzing that is there until it is almost suddenly not. Gunn assembled the beautiful archival footage for this video from The Prelinger Archive in San Francisco, which is possibly the most complete archive of "ephemeral" films in existence. From the Mouth of the Sun has also contributed music to two upcoming films of Gunn's, a short feature on an upcoming Wholphin DVD and also a new documentary feature called Remember Me, My Ghost.

Woven Tide is now available via Experimedia in a variety of formats.

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