Everything I Have Is Yours

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Everything I Have Is Yours is an ambitious film and sound work by Eileen Simpson and Ben White (Open Music Archive) that looks back to the first decade of the UK pop charts (1952-62). Working with a group of older musicians – many of whom are the ‘original teenagers’ of the Greater Manchester music scene, now in their 70s and 80s – this film focuses on this diverse group as they re-engage with public-domain samples from the formative era of the ‘birth of pop’, and incorporate these timeless sounds into new musical creations.

When the musicians play, they individually and collectively interact with digital technology, recalling archive sounds ripped from 1950s and early 1960s shellac and vinyl chart hits. Copyright-controlled elements of the original records are separated out and copyright-expired samples are released through an algorithmic process to enable collective use for the project and for future sharing.

What results is a vivid sonic conversation, an intergenerational call and response that traverses the private, personal and public.


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The texts in this collection each respond to Everything I Have Is Yours (2019) by Eileen Simpson and Ben White (Open Music Archive), an artists’ film that takes as a starting point records produced during the first decade of the UK pop charts – 1952 to 1962 – and experimentally repurposes them in an on-going exploration of the limits of sampling and the possibilities of live collaboration.

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A Film by
Eileen Simpson & Ben White (Open Music Archive) — Chas Baker – vocals
Norman Beaker – guitar
Max Beesley – drums
Roger Browne – piano
Stewart Butler – baritone sax
Tony Chess – drums and djembe Maureen Donahue – vocals
Mike Farmer – tenor sax
Peter Fox – guitar and vocals
Bo Lee – bass guitar
Jill MacDonald – vocals
Jean Martin – vocals
Paul Medina – double bass and trombone Bruce Mitchell – drums
Richard Piggo – guitar
Roy Rigby – guitar

Commissioners / Executive Producers
Film and Video Umbrella University of Salford Art Collection Castle eld Gallery

Laura Shacham

Assistant Producer
Polly Wright

Casting Producer
Claire Bleasdale

Additional Casting
Open Music Archive Laura Shacham Polly Wright

Director of Photography
Jamie Kennerley

1st Assistant Camera / Focus Puller
Sean Beasley

2nd Assistant Camera
Josh Haigherty

Additional Cinematography
Jonas Mortensen

Rick Grif ths Jon Head

Mark Rickitts Dan Tunstall

Lighting Technician
Simeon Ogden · The Stoller Hall

Sound Engineer
Lee Aston Brendan Williams

Ianthe Wright

On-set stylist
Lily Austin Lou Hall

Hair & Make-Up
Katy Brody

Production Assistants
Adam Douglas Hannah Jupe Daniel Newport Joseph Preston

Sound Mix
Lee Aston Brendan Williams Low Four Studios

Additional VFX
Matt Wilmshurst

Max Ferguson-Hook · Time Based Arts

The artists would like to thank the following individuals and organisations who supported the production of the film: Steven Bode, Susanna Chisholm and all at FVU Lindsay Taylor, and all at University of Salford Helen Wewiora, and all at Castlefield Gallery

University of Salford, TV Studios
Queen Mary University of London
Manchester School of Art at Manchester Metropolitan University

John Ashbrook
Big Fish Rentals
Astrid Bin
Richard Bradbury
Linda Brogan
Melissa Burnand · Jam Street Cafe Simon Chaplin
Barry Daykin
Mel Dean
Drop City Lighting
Gillian Fox
Timothy France
Anthony Gannon · All+
Calypso George
Bob Gill
Jonathan Green · Unity Radio
Josh King
John Mepham
Tamsin Middleton
Alex Morley
Niamos Arts Centre
Colin O’Toole
Dan Parrott and Brendan Williams · Low Four Studio
Nancy Porter
Derek Quinn
Pauline Renshaw
Trevor Roots
Teresa Simpson
Denise Southworth · Legacy FM
Liz Starkie
The Stoller Hall
Ashley Tidball
Helen White
Matthew White