An interview with Revenu

Published: Tuesday 14th November 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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Hull Jazz Festival has commissioned Hull-based Revenu to produce some exciting brand new pieces to celebrate their silver anniversary.

We caught up with Liam Van Rijn to find out more about what Revenu has come up with.

Can you tell us a little bit more about your work?

It’s fairly dependent on the project I’m working on, whether it’s music I’m making on my own as Revenu, or with my group Palo Alto, or something entirely different. It normally boils down to music that’s got electronic and experimental elements in it; I’m quite melody and tune orientated. I like layers.

The piece we’ve written for Hull Jazz Festival was definitely a group process, it’s called ‘Where to Build in Stone’ and it’s essentially a short film with a live soundtrack, trying to encapsulate a journey across Hull throughout a day. The film is by Joseph Bird (Palo Alto) and it illustrates the unnoticed million acts of normality that occur daily in the city.

What can audiences expect from your set on the 17th?

We’ll be performing ‘Where to Build in Stone’ at Hull Truck Theatre on Friday 17 November, so I guess they can expect that. It will be interesting to see if people can relate to any footage within the film, as obviously it’s branded ‘Hull’ but it’s unrecognisable, unnoticed and overlooked aspects of the city. People don’t really feature in the film either, we tend to emote more if other humans are involved and we wanted it to come from a more dispassionate place.

Music-wise, they can expect to see a bit of a mash of instruments on stage. The live soundtrack is being created through synths, drum machines, sax, cello, drums and other bits and bobs. We just wanted to write it as an alternate soundtrack to the city that works with the film.

What has been your main inspiration for the piece you’ll be performing at Hull Truck?

For me, the main inspiration has come from the film that Joe Bird created, which was made at the same time we wrote the music. Sitting behind an instrument whilst having all these different visual cues has definitely helped ideas flow.

The film is set over the course of the day and the obvious sort of visual time differences in the video across dawn, daytime and evening has also inspired the music. We found ourselves being more sparse for early morning shots, more layers and more complex arrangement in the daytime, and then it sort of builds into the evening.

I’d say another big inspiration is the other musicians we’ve worked with.

Joe and I wrote the soundtrack, but we’ve worked with other Hull-based musicians in realising the ideas. We get a lot of ideas from the sessions with the others, which are normally fairly improvisational. We record all our sessions, which normally churns out a lot of potential material, then we spend a lot of time sifting through and working out what might fit with the aesthetic of the film.

Lastly, why should people come down to see it?

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

Revenu will perform in the Hull Truck Theatre Studio this Friday. For more information and to buy tickets, please click here.

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Published: Tuesday 14th November 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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