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Soundwalk Collective granted access to the Jean-Luc Godard archives

The audio visual artists release their interpretations of the filmmaker's personal collection

NYC and Berlin based group Soundwalk Collective are set to release two records interpreting the works of French director Jean-Luc Godard. The audio visual collective were invited to aurally explore the archive, drawing on Godard’s personal collection of shot film, reel-to-reels and historical ephemera, documenting stage directions, rehearsals, false starts and outtakes. The outcome of which is one full length titled What We Leave Behind and a remix EP featuring reworks from Ricardo Villalobos, Jan Jelinek and Petre Inspirescu.

“There are boxes filled with sounds, words, chaos, and also silence,” explains Stephan Crasneanscki of the Soundwalk Collective. “For Godard sound is a musical composition and when I began listening to the tapes and heard his voice between takes, it was like little bits of life...each sound has its own value. It has always been part of our working practice to venture into untapped sonic territories, discover the poetics behind them, and explore how we (as humans) relate to it, it is part of a larger discourse.”

The releases, out on 18 and 25 May respectively, arrive 50 years after Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut and Claude Lelouche famously closed the Cannes Film Festival 1968 edition in solidarity with workers and students protesting across the country.

The LP features an interview between Crasneanscki and Jean-Luc Godard’s sound engineer François Musy, while both LP and EP include photos taken from the archive. Check out their Bandcamp page, and Facebook to see footage of the corresponding installation that took place at the opening of The Long Now on 24 March at Kraftwerk Berlin.