'The Works and Days: The Black Sections' is a sound collage album that emerged out of the production material of the film, The Works and Days (of Tayoko Shiojiri in the Shiotani Basin). The film — winner of the Encounters Golden Bear for Best Film at the 2020 Berlinale — is the second feature of C.W. Winter & Anders Edström. It is an eight-hour fiction shot for a total of twenty-seven weeks, over a period of fourteen months, in a village population forty-seven in the mountains of Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. It is a geographic description of the work and non-work of a farmer. A portrait, over five seasons, of a family, of a terrain, of a sound space, and of a duration. The film was named one of the Ten Best Films of the Year by critics at: Artforum, Cargo, Cinema Scope, Desistfilm, Filo, La Internacional Cinéfila, Mubi, Nobody, Senses of Cinema, and Sight & Sound.
The film is accompanied by this LP, The Works and Days: The Black Sections, by C.W. Winter, and the photo book, Shiotani, by Anders Edström. The album features musical excerpts from Tim Berne & Bill Frisell, Tony Conrad, Graham Lambkin, Mary Jane Leach, Alvin Lucier, Phill Niblock, Folke Rabe, Éliane Radigue, and Akio Suzuki. Producing, editing, and recordings by C.W. Winter. Mastered by Stephan Mathieu.
Edition of 500 copies, gatefold sleeve.
LP + Digital Download.
1 The Works and Days A (22:00) 2 The Works and Days B (22:00)
Side A excerpts: “Thursday, May 5, 1977 & Friday, May 6, 1977: Part 4” Performed by Tony Conrad. Used by arrangement with The Tony Conrad Estate “Sethwork” Performed by Phill Niblock. Used by arrangement with Phill Niblock “What?? (Second Version)” Performed by Folke Rabe. Used by arrangement with the Folke Rabe Estate “Pipe Dreams” Performed by Mary Jane Leach. Used by arrangement with Mary Jane Leach “What?? (Second Version)” Performed by Folke Rabe. Used by arrangement with the Folke Rabe Estate “2011” Performed by Tim Berne & Bill Frisell. Written by Tim Berne. Published by Party Time Music BMI. Recording courtesy of Minor Music Records/Screwgun Records
Side B excerpts: “Ceremoniolose” Recorded by Graham Lambkin. Used by arrangement with Graham Lambkin “Kugiuchi” Performed by Akio Suzuki. Recorded live for The Works and Days Used by arrangement with Akio Suzuki “Music on a Long Thin Wire (Side A)” Performed by Alvin Lucier. Used by arrangement with Alvin Lucier “A Third Trombone” Performed by Phill Niblock. Used by arrangement with Phill Niblock “Triptych: Part 1” Performed by Éliane Radigue. Used by arrangement with Éliane Radigue