Shipping Video

I made this video this past winter from footage shot last summer in Hong Kong.  It’s about shipping set to two amazing pieces by Estonian minimalist composer Arvo Pärt. The music starts after a 5 seconds of silent visuals, the video is 20 minutes long.  This is a very low resolution version.

Pärt speaks to his musical technique called Tintinnabulation:

“Tintinnabulation is an area I sometimes wander into when I am searching for answers – in my life, my music, my work. In my dark hours, I have the certain feeling that everything outside this one thing has no meaning. The complex and many-faceted only confuses me, and I must search for unity. What is it, this one thing, and how do I find my way to it? Traces of this perfect thing appear in many guises – and everything that is unimportant falls away. Tintinnabulation is like this. . . . The three notes of a triad are like bells. And that is why I call it tintinnabulation.

Tintinnabuli is the mathematically exact connection from one line to another…..tintinnabuli is the rule where the melody and the accompaniment [accompanying voice]…is one. One plus one, it is one – it is not two. This is the secret of this technique.”

~ by iwhist on August 10, 2008.

2 Responses to “Shipping Video”

  1. […] iwhist first collected Added 10 Aug 08 from iwhist.wordpress.com […]

  2. Sorry, video has been blocked by Google. Not Arvo. Too bad as the music was wonderful with the shipping footage, worked magically and synchronistically.

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