Your click could be worth $50,000

Your click could be worth $50,000

Between July 30 and August 2, your vote could help win a $50,000 production grant as part of Storyhive’s 2018 Documentary Edition. Telus has partnered up with Storyhive to offer 30 packages of $50,000 to documentary artists in Alberta and British Columbia.

We have entered the Minha Terra documentary to win this funding and we’re counting on supporters just like you to help us win. All we are asking for is a few minutes of your day so you can vote — up to four times — between July 30 and August 2.

You can vote once each day. That’s four votes in total.

By winning this grant, we won’t need to rely on our friends, family and followers for financial support. Most of our production costs would be covered by this grant.

Storyhive is a company that works with the National Screen Institute to help filmmakers with funding, support and mentorship opportunities and has helped projects come to life online and around the world.

Voting opens on July 30. Save the date(s) and we’ll provide you with the tools to vote.

Brazilian jazz concerts in Fort McMurray are a huge success

Thank you Fort McMurray for coming out to two incredible nights of live Brazilian jazz music. Special thanks to everyone for your support and contributions to the documentary. Click on the videos below to watch some excerpts from the shows.

We’re now preparing for more fundraising shows in other cities. Stay tuned for updates here or in our Facebook group. There will be more opportunities for you to contribute to this project, and hear more exciting music as we raise funds to film the documentary.

If you missed the Brazilian jazz shows in Fort McMurray, you’ll still have a chance to get a free video of the shows.


How to transform speech into music

How to transform speech into music

From the recorded material, Denis made a musical transcription of pitch and rhythm. Based on the transcriptions, he decided which phrases were going to be used or left out. For both pitch and rhythm, Denis used his ear, not software, to determine the notes because he wanted particularly to work with his musical perception of the speech samples rather than making decisions based on computer graphics. His perception of prominent pitches automatically excluded the less audible ones representing how he heard those samples. He decided to adjust the pitch transcriptions to the closest equal temperament pitch rather than incorporate microtones. This transcription was one of the most interesting processes that the documentary had registered in images and interviews.

The use of speech elements in music composition

The use of speech elements in music composition

The musical aspects of speech are elements that have been explored by many composers throughout history. Composers such as Richard Wagner, Richard Strauss, and others used the natural rhythm and accents of speech to write recitatives. The voice carries always an excess of connotations, whatever it is doing. From the grossest of noises to the most delicate of singing, the voice always means something, always refers beyond itself and creates a huge range of associations.