It was high noon in July, but the light soon faded. I dropped through the twilight, alone with the white rope, which stretched before me in a monotonous perspective of blank white signposts.
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Cousteau describing the exploration of the rapture of the deep in The Silent World. It’s a first hand account of the experience of delirium as the diver descends below 200 feet with an aqualung.
Here’s a musical sketch with accompanying video in celebration of World Oceans Day 2018. The music is for piano and electronics and was composed by me especially for this year’s event.
The visuals manipulate samples from The Smog of the Sea (Ian Cheney, Brushfire Films, 2016) and Cousteau’s Ten Fathoms Deep (Periscope Film digitisation of the Castle Films source, c. 1943).
It’s been a lot of fun making the piece over the last couple of weeks and thank you to everyone who’s tracked the progress this week. I’ll be expanding the material into a larger composition over the next few months so get ready for further posts.
Here’s looking forward to joining in and following the World Oceans Day activities today. It’s @WorldOceansDay if you’re not already following and check out the World Oceans Day website.
Have a good one.
A glimpse of me practising a passage from the middle of the sketch…
Some short videos of the preparations towards the musical sketch for World Oceans Day.
Here I’m trying out some musical ideas, and making a shorthand graphic for the piece to sharpen my ideas.
Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been playing with sounds and textures while simultaneously becoming more aware of the central theme of this year’s World Oceans Day, plastic pollution, and how entwined many of us are in the steady accumulation of plastic in our seas. There’s a lot of action in this area, particularly this week, such as #OnePlasticFreeDay.
W.O.D. June 2018 Sketch 2 from GW8 on Vimeo.
The opening theme for my musical sketch in celebration of World Oceans Day 2018. There’ll be some spontaneous embellishment when its performed, but this is the essential idea.