Love Forgotten – A Film by A Man Called Adam

As part of our Edition #12 of the Chill Out Tent we’re honoured to be screening a preview of a new film from A Man Called Adam – ‘Love Forgotten‘ is a visual companion to the ‘Love Forgotten Oddities & Rarities Part 1 & 2’ two retrospective ‘mixtape’ albums from the band.

This is how Sally Rodgers describes the development of the film…

‘Just as we’ve been mining our audio archives for interesting work to revisit, rework and release on our Oddities and Rarities collections, we also looked at the visual media we’ve created over the years. We documented a lot of the crazy experimental work we did in our ‘Big Shed’ studio in Cornwall, our mini tour of China in 2006, a private appointment in the media archive at Arts et Métier in Paris – in fact, wherever we went we usually had a camera with us and we made films for installation pieces or just because… It’s interesting to look at it all now because most was shot in the pre-Instagram era. We’re rarely in the shots, the camera is always pointing outwards. In this excerpt from the film there’s footage from the Quarry behind our house in Cornwall, some of the digital experiments we undertook, a travelogue from China, cityscapes and Tai Chi sessions shot from the backs of tour buses or from rooms on the 28th and 56th floors of sky-scraping hotels. The film here for the title track Love Forgotten uses footage shot by my friend Marvin Clarke during Lockdown 1.0 in 2020. He was delivering for a food charity and I asked him to shoot the empty London streets from his dashboard. It’s a remarkable bit of film documentary and Steve processed it through one of his custom Max patches to make it even more surreal. We realised that we don’t approach visual media like film directors might, we’re sonic artists and I think we approached these images with that sensibility. Using a collage of formats and media – mini-DV, mobile phones, homemade processing systems and hand-drawn animation – we worked with the visual material as we would with audio. Layering, taking away and remixing elements into new material. With themes of technology, memory, landscapes and people, Love Forgotten is a film about love, loss and hope to coincide with the release of the Love Forgotten albums (Parts 1&2). ‘


Film titles and credits by Craig Kendal and James Dickinson. 

Fireside Stories – Steve Jones (A Man Called Adam)

It’s time for our next update on what’s happening for our monthly Chill Out Tent event, Sunday 31st January will see us streaming Edition #10. Next on the schedule is Steve Jones from A Man Called Adam with an atmospheric ‘Fireside Story’ film and music mix.

Edit 3/2/21 – Here’s Steve’s set from Edition #10 – it’s a beauty!

Here’s what Steve had to say about what’s in store for his session,

There is something about staring at a fireside, watching a wood fire burn that always seems the same but always changing. This mix tries to mirror that feeling, moving from early ambient to folkloric to new jazz and featuring artists such as Harold Budd, Common with Jessica Care Moore and Ji Drü. This, then is a fireside story recorded while trying to keep warm on the Île de Ré in France, during the evening curfew.’

Here’s a taste of Steve’s musical direction, a guest mix for Patrick Vidal at Disturbed, Le Mellotron, Paris is a post-punk-punk-funk-no-wave-noise of a selection to soundtrack these dystopian times.

Sally Rodgers Music for House Plants

We’re so happy to have a special botanical mix from the awesomely talented Sally Rodgers (from A Man Called Adam) as part of our Chill Out Tent Edition #9 on Sunday 27/12/20, make sure you join the stream via Mixcloud Live and Livefrom at 18:00 GMT /19:00 CET

Edit 4/1/20 – Here’s the audio of Sally’s mix for you to enjoy…

Sally’s posts on Instagram;

‘I love my houseplants. They witness so much but exist in a completely different version of Time to us. I’ve had the Aloe Vera in the film for 18 years and he’s an ugly old brute, but last year he made a flower for the very first time. His silhouette changes, but barely perceptibly. In the 30 min film and DJ mix (live stream goes out via @thechillouttent on Sunday 27/12/20), I wanted to show that apparent stillness as human Time rushes past, and because light is how we measure duration I tried to capture their changing shadows, as day becomes night becomes day.

I chose music by artists like Tortoise and weird European experimental electronic and ambient music because it seems clever, inscrutable and a little bit freaky, like my plants. They know things. Some have names – Victor, Donna, Gilles – and some are just ‘big fella’ or ‘missy’. They don’t always love me back and a couple of them are very high maintenance – I tend to think of those plants as being French 😂, hence the French music in the mix.

It was a lovely creative brief so thanks to @thechillouttent for inviting me to do it. I enjoyed thinking and making something about my plants. They mean a lot to me. ‘

A Man Called Adam Live 1991

Live recording from London’s Town and Country club in 1991, classic footage of Balearic icons A Man Called Adam featuring Sally Rodgers, Steve Jones and Paul (Leftfield) Daley on percussion. Baggy, jazzy, balearic, brilliant…

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