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Recorded Feb, 21 2012
In memory of Christopher Reimer 1986-2012
Following a year and a half since Chris Reimer’s passing, The Quickdraw Animation Society invites interested animators to contribute to a 10-minute film set to Chris’s music. No previous animation experience is necessary.
Chris Reimer played in the bands The Dodos, Women, Azeda Booth, and Gold. Chris was also a prolific composer of ambient music and a visual artist. His music reached people around the world.
As a musician, artist, and a human being, Chris had a rare talent for inspiring those around him to new creative heights. The Quickdraw Animation Society wants to pay tribute to Chris by creating a collaborative, non-narrative, animated short based around his drawings and music.
The Quickdraw Animation Society will distribute two of Chris’s drawings and a segment of the soundtrack to each animator. Animators will use one drawing as the opening and one drawing as the closing frame of their 20-second animation. Our hope is to have the film completed by the fall of 2014.
Interested artists are invited to submit a brief statement of intent and a sample of their work to Quickdraw. Artists will be selected by members of Chris’s family, friends, and musical collaborators. Quickdraw encourages submissions from everywhere. Quickdraw will provide equipment, studio space, and technical support for Calgary-based artists. Participants (especially those based in Calgary) do not need any previous experience with animation.
Participation in this project is voluntary, although we are pursuing funding to allow for an honorarium for artists. All screening fees from the finished film will be donated to the Chris Reimer Legacy Fund, a charity that funds dance and music training for youth.
Carrier, the Dodos’ fifth album, is both a reckoning and fresh start. Singer-songwriter Meric Long and drummer Logan Kroeber have primarily functioned as a duo since 2005, but for an all-too-brief moment the Dodos were a trio. It’s in this vibrant, sorrowful, powerfully spare new album that we’re afforded a glimpse of what that could have/should have looked like.
After acting as the band’s touring guitarist in 2011, Calgary-based musician Chris Reimer (Women) was invited to become the third member of the Dodos. On Feb. 21, 2012, Reimer, who was just 26, died in his sleep. Carrier is both a celebration and tribute to Reimer’s life and his musical influence, as well as the sound of a band finding its way out of the darkness. Our full interview with Meric Long will be published on Thursday.
We’re streaming Carrier for our Canadian audience a week before its release via Dine Alone Records. The album is available for pre-order on iTunes.
Following the dissolution of Women and prior to his tragic death in 2012, guitarist Christopher Reimer quietly joined Dodos– which seemed like an odd, if not impossible, fit. Dodos were a known quantity as an acoustic-and-drums (and loops) two-piece, proving effusive, melodic and spirited in a live setting. Conversely, Women’s turbulent post-punk hovered like a cloud bearing acid rain, as Reimer would often stand completely motionless on stage.
Frontman Meric Long claims that Reimer was a huge influence on Dodos’ new LP, Carrier, and lead single “Confidence” is proof enough. Rather than Long’s typical brassy, open-tuned acoustics, “Confidence” is built on the kind of small, wiry guitar curlicues Reimer would lend to Women’s output. It’s still every bit a Dodos song in the ways that matter the most, though; the melodies are warm and pleasantly rumpled, drummer Logan Kroeber forgoes mundane timekeeping to push and prod Long and in the second half, the two ditch the relative minimalism to hurtle through a breakneck jam of harmonized guitar leads that can be heard as a tribute to a man whose short time with Dodos truly moved them.
I am looking forward to seeing and hearing Meric and Logan at Sled Island next week, though it will be bittersweet for me. Chris asked me to come to Sled with him the first couple of years of the festival; I never did. Thought I was too busy at work and thought I couldn’t afford the plane ticket. This year I’ve bought a Festival Discovery Plus Pass. Gonna cram in as much Sled as I can. With/without him.