[Indistinct Chatter] Women of Sheriff Street

Filmmaker and musician Myles O’Reilly performs an live ambient music film score to interview footage of women from the Sheriff Street Flats community in the 1980s.

Brian Eno, the first trailblazer in electronic minimal music, penned the genre 'ambient music' with his ideology that good ambient compositions "must be as ignorable as they are interesting".

It's a form of music that blends in to every day background noise. It doesn't try to tell a story but it floats somewhere in-between the movements, shapes and forms of our environment, like air or dark matter.

It lets us fill the space between objects with extra color and mood.

"Sitting in the dark with my eyes closed listening to ambient music, it's easy for me to time travel.

My imagination creates the environments, movements and forms the music so naturally flows between when my eyes are open and observing reality. It heightens my ability to visualise and travel anywhere in the ether.

In 'Women Of Sheriff Street' I'm performing a live ambient score to archive footage of women from the Sheriff Street flats community in Dublin 30 years ago. The music helps me fill the gaps between their world and ours. It's a musical bridge through time, to help add texture and reality to their vanished world which now exists only by a thread, as a poor quality VHS tape recording."

Myles O’Reilly is a musician, composer and filmmaker from Dublin, Ireland.

Since first lifting a camera in 2010, multi tasking O’Reilly has filmed, directed and edited over 100 music video promos and more than 20 music documentaries of Irish musicians at home and abroad, including Glen Hansard, Villagers, Imelda May, Lisa O’Neill, Ye Vagabonds, Sinead O’Connor and Lisa Hannigan alongside other International artists such as Hollywood sound track virtuoso Ernst Reijseger, Icelandic artists Soléy, Múm and Amiina, US soul phenomenon Janelle Monea and UK folk trio The Staves.

Early life as a working musician began for Myles in 2003 with the band Juno Falls. Signed for two albums by Sony UK and then V2 records,  Juno Falls disbanded in 2010. Ten years later and in a global pandemic lockdown, Myles returned to making music and has since composed, recorded and released a plethora of works in the ‘ambient’ music genre under the moniker [Indistinct Chatter].

Since beginning a Patreon account in 2018 enabling followers to fund his film projects, O’Reilly’s camera lens is increasingly more focused on discovering and supporting little-known emerging artists, to help “represent some of the most talented but hard to pigeonhole musical visionaries in Ireland today”.

Now almost a full time vocation, his efforts to seek out and endorse new music extends to the curation of an annual rising-artist stage at the renowned Body&Soul festival, and the production of a critically acclaimed web series This Ain’t No Disco, co-created with eminent Irish broadcaster Donal Dineen of ‘No Disco’ fame. 

Artist & Film Maker: Myles O'Reilly
Commissioned by St. Patrick's Festival