The highly-controversial, arthouse horror short, Sulphur for Leviathan, documents a nun’s descent from devotional to demonic. The Sodom & Chimera Productions modern cult classic’s visual quality is both sinister and surreal. The movie juxtaposes black and white scenes against color ones, and it features an arresting array of film textures due to it being shot by a variety of cameras, including Super 8, 16 mm, and the seldom-used amateur 1920s film, 9.5 mm.
The film’s edgy elegance, radical mixed-medium approach, and hot-button topic matter make it the perfect foil for intrepid conductor composer, ANASIA AKA Leanna Primiani. The LA-based solo artist, composer and conductor is noted for making bold sonic statements. This Halloween ANASIA issues her riveting reimaging of Sulphur for Leviathan’s movie cues with the adventurous 4-song EP, Blurred.
ANASIA’s 14-minute opus takes a “variations on a theme” approach using the movie’s musical motifs as creative fodder for Leanna’s twisted compositional mind. The movie Sulphur for Leviathan has been visually sculpted to achieve a sensory disorienting experience to heighten the film’s deliciously depraved narrative arc. Leanna’s Blurred EP mirrors this effect through her treatment of sound.
In keeping with the film’s compositional techniques, ANASIA juxtaposes organic and synthetic sounds into a dense and disorienting aural patchwork, consisting of bite-sized chunks of recorded organic instrumentation; found sound from the natural environment a la “Musique Concrète”; synthesizer-based musical passages; and swatches of music heavily treated by digital-signal processing.
Within this detailed sonic thicket, select sounds for the building blocks of her interpretive work were modified in a variety of ways. Passages are played backward; jarringly cut short or dramatically elongated; subjected to echo-chamber effects; and varied in pitch and intensity. This coming together of varied auditory experiences cohesively gels into an invigorating and disquieting auditory experience.
When not working under the moniker ANASIA, Leanna Primiani is an established composer who has scored numerous features, TV shows, and orchestral concert works. She has composed the scores for such award-winning films as Daughters of Virtue, A Film By Vera Vaughn, and remake of the cult classic, The Bad Seed, directed by and starring Rob Lowe. Her music has also been performed by The Nashville Symphony, Seattle Collaborative Orchestra, The Aspen Music Festival, and she has conducted such orchestras as The National Symphony, Dallas Opera Orchestra, California Opera among many others. For more about her visit anasiaanasia.com.