T R A N S L A T E
A European Audio Visual Free Surfing Experiment
CJ Mirra’s entry to surf film came through collaborating with visionary director Chris McClean. They have now produced over 20 short films, capturing the new ‘sound and feel of cold water surf‘ and screened at festivals worldwide from SXSW to London as well as touring the award-winning live A/V show ‘Chasing Zero’.
In spring 2018 CJ released the compilation, STATIC – Original Surf Soundtracks Vol.1 (via State51 / Finisterre) and toured with Lee Ann Curren across Europe, including a headline slot at Vans Duct Festival, Spain.
CJ is currently working on the soundtrack to ‘TRANSLATE’ a new Chris McClean film that will be accompanied by a live tour premiering in OCT 2019. The TRANSLATE official soundtrack is being released in Nov 2020.
“CJ MIRRA TAKES SURF SOUNDTRACKS TO A DARK BUT ECSTATIC PLACE” – WHALEBONE MAGAZINE
“THE SOUND OF COLD WATER SURFING” – FINISTERRE
“DREAMY & EVOCATIVE” – HUCK MAGAZINE
“POETIC & AWE-INSPIRING” – TINY MIX TAPES
“WAVES OF AMBIENT LOVELINESS” – RECORD COLLECTOR
SELECTION OF SHORTS
Hydrogogic Rock – LIVE AT DROP STUDIOS [unreleased]
‘CHASING ZERO’ LIVE TOUR – won the Audience Award at LSFF
STATIC INFO / BIO
As the boundaries of surf exploration expand to the furthest reaches, so too do the artists creating the soundtracks to accompany the journey.
CJ Mirra’s ‘STATIC – Original Surf Soundtracks Vol.1’ (2018) served to stir up the wanderlust for those new frontiers. Ethereal soundscapes, lo-fi guitar excursions and rising orchestral, neo-classical moments summon images of the wild, awe-inspiring surf destinations – Iceland, Ireland, Scotland, The Faroes and beyond.
Aficionados of cold water cinematic adventures will already be familiar with CJ’s work. The album is a selection of 8 tracks, each originally composed for one of a number of award winning surf films scored by CJ Mirra over the previous four years.
“The light, the landscape, the size of the waves and colour of the water all had an influence on the sound,” says CJ on harnessing the essence of these cold water locales.
A musician and composer, CJ Mirra’s entry to the world of surf film came through acclaimed director Chris McClean after Chris heard an early track that was leaked online. This led to a unique partnership that has produced over 20 short films screened at festivals worldwide from SXSW to London, as well as the award-winning live A/V show ‘Chasing Zero’. The critically acclaimed ‘Edges Of Sanity’, with poetry by Dan Crockett narrated by Charles Dance, features on the album alongside a series of evocative and ethereal tracks taking the listener on a journey across an epic surfscape.
“The music has an identity of its own beyond the films, putting them into an album tells the story of this unique collaboration,” explains CJ Mirra, while the project itself is a continuation of his creative relationships. “Chris designed and took the photos for the cover artwork; Dan has written a bespoke short poem.” ‘STATIC – Original Surf Soundtracks Vol.1’ is available on digital download, cassette and limited edition gatefold 12” vinyl through The state51 Conspiracy, a new ethically-minded record label. “We want to reward and invest in brilliantly talented musicians making inspirational music,” says the label of their relationship with CJ Mirra. “In this project we found the mix of incredible surf film footage with irresistible ambient musical pieces a richly rewarding experience.” The vinyl, produced in association with Finisterre is available through the surf brand’s UK stores and website.
The new live band features renowned surfer/ musician LeeAnn Curren and is accompanied by visuals from Chris McClean.
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