Last night I and a select group of acolytes gathered for a film night at my place. This wasn’t any old film screening, this was a journey into light, accompanied by a mix of ambient acoustics that I’d put together. While we soared over the peaks of the Himalayas the sounds of Aeroc pulsed through us, as flowers in the high mountains opened Triola came through the big sound system, and as we ventured into the dark caves of Borneo the echo of Bill Laswell’s dubs opened before us. Many of the world’s best nature photographer’s were involved in the making of the BBC’s Planet Earth series (2006), and their superb work needs this kind of soundtrack, not the BBC intonations that the film was released with. (Sadly the photographer’s involved are not even listed on the sleeve of the DVD, only ‘David Attenborough’ is mentioned. And of course David didn’t do any of the photography that makes this film so sublime. Come on BBC!)
That’s my friend Chris having a peaceful inhalation of his cinnamon hookah. The tethers have now been cut.