"These recordings were made by SQ RL to provide the score to the documentary
film LIVING THE LIGHT by Claire Pijman. The subject of Claire's film is Robby
M ller, the unparalleled Dutch cinematographer and poet of light whose work
includes: PARIS TEXAS, DEAD MAN, BREAKING THE WAVES, BARFLY, 24
HOUR PARTY PEOPLE and at least 70 other remarkable films. He also produced
many still photographs, like these luminous Polaroids on the jacket of this vinyl
Claire Pijman is also Dutch, and also a cinematographer. Her film is, happily, not
a conventional or formulaic documentary, but more a personal essay focused
on Robby's vision, his gathered images, and his approach to light, to storytelling and to life itself. LIVING THE LIGHT has now been screened at numerous
important film festivals around the world, and was recently awarded the top prize
for best feature documentary at the Netherlands Film Festival.
As SQ RL approached creating music for Claire's film, we attempted to be
guided by the beautiful and illuminated elements of Robby's spirit. We tried
to channel his love of the special light during 'magic hour,' his love of moving
images - from trains and cars, the sadness of certain architecture, or the vibrant
energy that can be felt emanating from all living things.
So here is Some Music for Robby M ller created by SQ RL in NYC and inspired
by Claire Pijman's film, LIVING THE LIGHT, and of course by Robby himself;
his perceptions, his wonderful presence, his mind, his heart and his twinkling,
mischievous eyes -- through which he communicated, and with which he surveyed the same illusive world still vibrating around us."
- Jim Jarmusch, NYC, October 2019