R Murray Schafer: Into The Mouth of the Wolf

R Murray Schafer is a stunning and controversial artist. His enigmatic career has eluded a documentary feature until now. The film begins in a small town in Eastern Ontario, and follows the stunning global influence of one our most treasured Canadians. 

Filming began in northumberland county, Ontario - 2015. Murray's story then took our crew on location in New York and California. Take a look at where we've been filming internationally.

Great Animal Orchestra. Paris, France – January 2017

The Great Animal Orchestra was a multimedia installation at Foundation Cartier based on the work of legendary recording artist Bernie Krause.
Krause's work in nature recording and sound theory is heavily based on Murray Schafer's The Tuning of the World.
The recordings were projected as histograms resembling musical scores. The natural world as orchestra.

XXIV Latin American Conference on Music Education. Lima, Peru – July 2018

In Lima we followed Musician and Educator Doug Friesen as he attended the conference and taught workshops on Murray Schafer's approach to music education.
In Interview with Marissa Fronterrada, the first to translate Schafer's work to Portugeuse.
We also had the opportunity to interview Violetta De Gainza (above) one of the first educators in South America to recognize the value of Schafer's work on music education.

The Global Composition. Dieburg, Germany – October 2018

The Global Composition, in Dieburg Germany, was a chance to check in with Soundscape enthusiasts from around the globe. Before getting too ill to travel, Schafer attended this conference in 2012. Since Murray Schafer popularized the concept of soundscapes with his groundbreaking work, The Tuning of the World, the field has expanded exponentially.
Long-time collaborator Hildegard Westercamp was in attendance and our crew went along with her for a Sound Walk.
Sabine Brietsameter (above) directed the conference and we sat down with her on our last day in Dieburg to ask her why so many young academics find Murray's work controversial.

Tokyo Philharmonic Chorus Performance, Japan – March 21-26 2019

In his journals, Murray Schafer wrote glowingly about his travels to Japan, where he met with Toru Takemitsu, the renowned Japanese composer. Since Takemitsu's death Japanese composers and conductors have continued to perform Murray's work, and participate in the World Soundscape Project.
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Chifuru Matsubara (Right) has commissioned and conducted several of Murray Schafer's compositions in Japan. We conducted an interview with him to ask why Murray's music is so important to Japan today, and filmed the Tokyo Philharmonic Choir performing Gamelan
While in Japan we were able to talk at length with Keiko Torigoe, who translated The Tuning of the World to Japanese, and has been an integral part of the World Soundscape Project in Japan.

International filming opportunities are financed by private contribution.If you would like to help us tell Murray's story you can donate through our website

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