Of Unknown Origin by Edwin Rostron
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Of Unknown Origin by Edwin Rostron
Of Unknown Origin, Edwin Rostron

Of Unknown Origin, Edwin Rostron

We are delighted to present the first of our five Rough Machine commissions that will each premiere online this month.

Of Unknown Origin by Edwin Rostron is inspired by the tape recordings of Raymond Cass, a hearing-aid specialist from Hull and one of the UK’s foremost researchers into ‘Electronic Voice Phenomenon’. EVP recordings present messages ‘of unknown origin’ heard in radio frequencies and background noise, and possess a distorted, unearthly quality. Many researchers into the EVP believe they are the voices of the dead.  Through a series of fragmentary scenes rendered in pencil and watercolour animation we enter into an unsettling territory somewhere between the real and the abstract. We hear the strange sounds of the EVP, and Cass himself talking about his work. But the film is not ‘about’ Cass, instead it takes the details of his life and work, and the recordings themselves, as a route to explore the hidden realms of the unconscious mind. The film mirrors the uncanny, inexplicable nature of the EVP, the mystery and poetry of the recordings, and challenges rational explanations.

Of Unknown Origin by Edwin Rostron:

Credits:
Director: Edwin Rostron
Music: Supreme Vagabond Craftsman
Sound Design: Edwin Rostron
Featuring the following recordings by Raymond Cass: Raymond Cass, Aircraft Intercept, Radio Luxembourg, Out of this World, Tramping, Dead Machines and Una from the album The Ghost Orchid (PARC CD1) published by Touch Music [MCPS] and Section One and Section Three from parc.web.fm

Thanks to The Raymond Cass Foundation

Edwin Rostron is an artist currently based in London. He was born in Doncaster in 1977 and grew up in Newcastle Upon Tyne. He studied Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University and Animation at the Royal College of Art. His work is an attempt to visualise the realms of the unconscious and takes inspiration from a myriad of sources including alternative comics, ‘Neo Romantic’ painters such as Paul Nash and Graham Sutherland, and the post-industrial landscape of North-East England, where he grew up. His animations have been shown at festivals such as onedotzero, Pictoplasma and the Australian International Animation Festival, and his comics can be found in shops and online at edwinrostron.com

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