test is based on a sketch, "Terre
Artella" which was made a long time ago (2003), on another
beautiful recording by Christina Pluhar and L'Arpeggiata, "La
Carpinese" (from their "La Tarantella - Antidotum Tarantulae"
This new version, "Maria (sopra La Carpinese)"
seemed so close to the original recording, I had to test to see
how it would work with the original images.
The match was almost perfect, except for the duration ("Maria"
is almost 2 minutes longer), so I had to do some editing/adding
to cover the full piece.
But the pulse, the breathing, are very very close, and equally beautiful.
Between "Terre artella" and "Terra Artella 3,"
there was "Terra
In "Terra Artella Nova," Thierry Van Roy removed the original
soundtrack and created one of his own, with the exceptional collaboration
of Said "El Asfour" Mohhammad Najib who improvsed a chant
on/for the silent images.
process of creating multiple videos for one soundtrack, or multiple
soundtracks for one video, fascinates me.
It has given birth to many projects: from my two NFB films (with
(on the NFB site) and "Rupture,"
to several other films with Thierry
Van Roy (such as "Madame
Ose Arras 1" and, especially, "Sogna
Shaka 2005" which eventually culminated in the "Jaguar"
animation, part of the immense "Taïga
It seems to be an almost "natural" way to explore the
mysterious connection between music and images, the ways by which
they inform each other, and of the infinite spaces and possibilities
that exist between them.
Visual Music is, to me, much more a way to explore
that uncharted territory than a way to demonstrate technical proficiency.
leave that to the many techno-plumbers...