Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Macalla Chill Áirne, Soundtrack Release


"Macalla Chill Áirne" (The Killarney Echo) is the latest release of Trouble or Fortune films/records. A beast of a short film to make, it was tamed with the help of many hands. The soundtrack to "Macalla" was released into the wild a few weeks back, it is available to purchase at charlieobrien.net for five euro. I'm giving access to the film itself until Thursday the 26th of August, with every purchase of the soundtrack. 

On the surface, Macalla Chill Áirne is a recreation of the Victorian era tour of Killarney's lakes, focusing on the phenomenon of the Killarney Echo. In another way, it is a political allegory that delves into the chasms that appear when cultures collide. The soundtrack contains a new imagining of the classic Irish Gaelic song ¨Fáinne Geal an Lae.¨ ¨Ochón a Leanbh,¨ an ancient lament for a dead child, another track, is set here for trumpet and french horn. The other tracks serve as a bed on which to set the visuals flying.

¨Blow bugle blow, set the wild echoes flying,
Blow bugle answer echoes dying, dying, dying.¨