Making sensoria of returning festival

Anvil: Robb Reiner and Steve 'Lips' Kudrow in The Story of Anvil
Anvil: Robb Reiner and Steve 'Lips' Kudrow in The Story of Anvil
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HOW you pronounce the word Sensoria is down to whether you are a fan of vintage purveyors of Sheffield electronica Cabaret Voltaire, according to music director Nigel Humberstone.

What you do during the next 10 days of the film, music and digital festival that takes the word as its name could prove more of a challenge as it has been extended for its fourth year.

Sensoria begins with a Devonshire Green street party today and runs until May 8 across several venues. Events include screenings at Showroom Cinema, ranging from Microphone tomorrow, through Sunday’s metal film night covering A Headbangers Journey and The Story Of Anvil, to Creation Records story Upside Down.

Other celluloid treats range from The Ballad Of Mott The Hoople to Way Of The Morris and Sound Of Noise while the programme for an outdoor screen on Tudor Square begins on Wednesday.

Undertones legend turned music boss Feargal Sharkey is among the speakers at Sensoriapro, a two-day gathering of composers, record labels, publishers and other industry types.

2Weeks2Make It – the competition that matches film-makers with bands to come up with a winning pop promo – launches again on Thursday while Steel City Pulse will gather percussionists and drummers to make noise in and for Sheffield’s development-threatened Portland Works.

Be-Bop Deluxe founder Bill Nelson makes a rare appearance at the Showroom a week tomorrow as exhibitions Underground (Shaun Bloodworth photography at Bank Street Arts), Listen Up (Creative Arts Development Space), and Diaspora Magnet (Martyn Ware & Malcolm Garrett at SIAD Gallery, Arundel St) happen until close.

Watch out for Bibliotheque Discotheque with Jerry Dammers, of The Specials fame, and film music buff Johnny Trunk playing cherished tunes in Sheffield Central Library on Tuesday before which city duo I Monster curate Poyekhali (Here We Go) at The Greystones, a “cosmic event” blending live music and film on Sunday to mark the 50th anniversary of man’s debut in space.

A week today city instrumental rock act 65daysofstatic pay homage to 1973 sci-fi Silent Running by performing their own soundtrack at Queens Social Club.

Joe Shrewsbury says it’s been a musically-liberating experience. “It was a lot of fun to write because there’s more scope to indulge certain impulses when doing soundtrack stuff, like weird noises and much more minimal or experimental stuff.

“When we make records we’re always trying to be as concise and attention-grabbing as possible. This is almost the opposite - you have the opportunity to explore musical ideas for much longer and not to then edit them quite so brutally.

“We originally did the re-score for Glasgow film festival, but it was always in the back of our minds it would suit Sensoria.

“We’re a loud noisy instrumental band and it’s the best kind of 1970s sci-fi.”

See The Star next Thursday for an interview with KLF legend Bill Drummond, Sensoria composer in residence at Sheffield Forgemasters.

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