Music is a large part of Minneapolis, as is self-taught animation artist Tom Schroeder.
The third and final instalment in Tom Schroeders Bike trilogy screened at this year’s Melbourne International Animation Festival (MIAF) at the Australian Centre Moving Image (ACMI), Federation Square.
At the 2017 MIAF, Schroeder visited Melbourne as a guest of the MIAF animation posse, to present a retrospective collection of his hand-drawn animation works. At this time, he gave the audience a sneek peek of his work in progress.
The preview lasted about the time it took Rekindling to win last year’s Melbourne Cup at Flemington. The full length (though no doubt edited and pared down version) is more than 10 minutes long.
Bike Trip 2018 is a documentary style film and it features the drummer/percussionist from The Bad Plus, Dave King, playing an improvised piece on his drum kit. The music meshes very well with the action and the siesta seen on the screen.
The film’s animation artists Tom Schroeder and Anna Taberko worked in a monochrome palette. Graphic white line on black background, in many ways a very Melbourne feel.
It’s kind of a free-flowing Norman McLaren style. The script, written by Tom Schroeder and Hilde Deroover, comes across as a dialogue between a country bumpkin from the mid-west and his uber cosmopolitan girlfriend from Belgium. Sometimes you get lucky.
They reminisce with fondness about their 500 mile bike odyssey. The two riders end up chatting in a bar that has photographs of legendary Tour de France riders.
Kraftwerk, of course, wrote the musical track Tour de France, inspired by the riders and the race.
Dave King’s jazz drumming music interpolates and counterpoints this conversation. King’s music is magnificent in accentuating the narrative, following and at times pre-empting the cadences of the bike riders on their