"I think you should come to America​.​" (Original Soundtrack Recording)

by Timothy Nelson

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Original Soundtrack Recording for the documentary film by Kamila Kuc.

Composed, performed and recorded by Timothy Nelson at
52 Pickup studios, Newmarket, New Hampshire in January 2016.

Copyright 2016 Nimyonta Music.

Timothy Nelson: 'When Kamila Kuc asked me to provide a score for her film "I Think You Should Come to America", I knew that I would not see any of the footage before composing the music, so rather than discussing any specific imagery, I first wanted to know what the tempo and overall mood of the film would be. For several of the cues, I wished to establish a sense of place and strove to convey an impression of the wide-open expanses of the American West. With these “soundscape” cues, I tried not to be overly specific with regard to anachronism and chose a retrospective viewpoint that might refer inclusively to any time from the present back several hundred years. One major theme throughout the suite of music involves the subjective nature of observing one culture through the eyes of another and acknowledgement of the inherent inaccuracy of such a perspective. One way in which this was expressed was by exchanging features and characteristics of the musics of the two cultures. The pentatonic scales of traditional Native American music are in some instances throughout the score voiced by European instruments such as a conventional string quartet, while conversely, some of the cues involve the scales and modes of Hebrew liturgical music being played by the wooden flutes and percussion indigenous to Native American cultures.'

"I Think You Should Come to America" is Nelson’s and Kuc’s third collaboration.

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released October 9, 2016

Film credits: Format: (2016-17, 16mm and Super8 transferred to HD)
Country: UK/USA/Poland
Direction/Editing: Kamila Kuc
Music composition/Sound: Timothy Nelson

A statement from director Kamila Kuc: "Using Basement Films’ archival footage, excerpts from my letters from a Native American prisoner, documentation of my own involvement with the Movement for the Supporters of Native American Indian Rights in Poland, the fiction writings of Sat Okh (Stanislaw Suplatowicz, 1920-2003), the film explores a paradoxical fascination of the Poles behind the Iron Curtain with the ideal of America as a ‘land of freedom.’ 'I Think You Should Come to America' investigates the cultural conditions in which memories are created. While critically evaluating my own enchantment with America, as a teenage girl from Communist Poland, I interrogate various patterns of perception in order to produce a form of reflection that is personal and political. Thus the brings together a network of complex cultural, familial and physical forces that wish to find their expression in the act of historical and personal self-inscription."

Kamila Kuc, Ph.D., is a writer, experimental filmmaker and curator. Her work reflects her interest in how film, as a technology of memory, can be seen as an innovative creator of memories themselves. Her films explore complex relationships between personal and collective memories, especially those which subvert the social and political identity constructions. Kuc was the 2016 Artist in Residence at Basement Films, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. She is the recipient of numerous international grants, namely New Mexico Arts and McCune Charitable Foundation, New Mexico Humanities Council and British Council, among others. She is a co-editor, with Michael O'Pray of The Struggle for Form: Perspectives on Polish Avant-Garde Film 1916-1989 (Columbia University Press, 2014). Her monograph The Promises of Avant-Garde Film: Polish Experiments in Film from Expressionism to Constructivism is forthcoming with Indiana University Press later this year. Kuc is a Director of Media Production Studies (BA)/Senior Lecturer at Coventry University.

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Tim Nelson is a film composer, sound designer and multi-instrumentalist session musician/producer. He has since 2007 been a frequent collaborator with award-winning filmmakers/animators the Quay Brothers.

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