Look What They've Done to My Song


Three songs 'The Devil is Afraid of Music', 'Look What They Done to My Song' and 'How Does it Feel?' were performed and filmed in the exhibition space of Matt's Gallery making it into an open recording session and film set for a three day period.

Through the subsequent editing process the material was subjected to radical temporal shifts in the form of loops, overlays, speeding up, slowing down and repetition, creating rhythms, counterpoints and silences, all exploring the construction of song and narrative expectation forming a drama (or crisis) of performance.

The songs themselves are literally at stake, their survival questioned through these processes of translation.


Cast & Crew

What Have They Done to My Song, Ma: Sarah Redmond (vocals)
The Devil is Afraid of Music: Nicholas Bloomfield (piano & vocals)
How Does it Feel to Feel?: Trish Lyons (vocals), Pascal Maria Gamboni (guitar & backing vocals), Ben Tarrant Brown (guitar), Joas Pires (drums), Matt Halliday (bass) Shoot Assistants: Hannah Bennett, Aislings Bolger, Larissa Hadjio

Director of Photography: Noski Deville
1st Assistant Camera: Emma Dalesman
2nd Assistant Camera: Matt King
3rd Assistant Camera: Maggie Warwick
Gaffer: Bernie Rostoski
Grip: Dave Armstrong
Best Boy: John Harris
Trainee Lighting: Job Reineke
Make-up: Lou Read
Wall drawings: Louisa Minkin
Set Consultation: Jay Webdale
Production Manager: Christopher Joseph
Editor/Sound Engineer: Gordon Dawson
Sound Recordist/ Soundscape: Derek O Sullivan
Violin: Tansy Spinks

Selected Screenings

  • Arnolfini, Bristol, 18 November 2007 - 6 January 2008
  • Matt's Gallery, London, 16 September - 18 November 2007

Project Background

One of the largest publicly funded award programmes for artists in the UK, the London Artists' Film and Video Awards (LAFVA) scheme offered awards of up to £20,000 for production of artists' moving image work.

From 2000 to 2008 the scheme supported London-based artists working in the context of contemporary moving image practice - producing work intended for exhibition in galleries, festivals, specialist venues and as site specific installations.

Key Information


Look What They've Done to My Song


Michael Curran



Year Completed



1 x 41' film, 1 x 27' film, 1 x 12' soundscape

Screening format

Digi Beta, DVD



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