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Opening Night: A Film About Studio Electrophonique (15) + ScreenTalk

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Studio Electrophonique

The golden age of Sheffield pop had its first stirrings in the hollow, death-marked era of Threads, Thatcher and mass redundancy.

The cultural landscape was one of dole-nourished musical manifestos and self-assembled synthesisers sent through the post. Pop music pilgrims arriving in Sheffield may struggle to locate its landmark sites. They are unheralded and unmarked yet still emit a feint looped analogue pulse for those devoted enough to seek them out.

32 Handsworth Grange Crescent, now vacant, across from The Everest pub is where the first recordings were made for early incarnations of the bands that became The Human League, ABC, Heaven 17, Def Leppard, Clock DVA and Pulp.

This film tells Ken’s story for the first time with contributions from Jarvis Cocker, Sean Bean, Martyn Ware, Adi Newton and Stephen Singleton.

Director James Taylor, Martyn Ware (founding member, The Human League and Heaven 17) and James Leesley (Studio Electrophonique) will join us for a Q&A.

UK 2022 dir James Taylor 59 min

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