Our latest research project is looking deep into the mainstream soul conceptually and musically, but we need you to underpin it visually! We are currently working on an hour-long concept album dealing with the crossover between streaming of media and streaming (grooming) of people. If you are interested in getting involved with the filmmaking, please see project outline below, listen for a taster and get in touch by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
L.E.N.S –Life. Exemplified. Noting. Subtleties
– The concept: Streaming
• This project deals with the notion of streaming of information and how the streaming of our working day, contracts and focus of energy is shaping us to coexist in a society, that makes one introvert, exhausted and ill, politically predisposed and at times apathetic.
It will be experienced through an hour-long live sonic-visual journey through the monotonous, and self-recording nature of the modern Western mainstream day.
• There is an acceptance to exist within certain parameters that are already preordained. We are drip fed twenty-four hour selective news coverage of politician’s daily amenable and palatable spin.
• Is this communication or one-way intoxication?
• Relaxation can only ever be achieved momentary and is therefore forever sought. The desire to break free and to be an individual is present in us all, but there is a lack of will to do so. Filling the void is easier, although we know deep down this habitual behaviour on a hamster wheel can be broken just as its circle was welded together.
• The feeling of Deja-Vu is ever present. The need to feel wanted and become part of a community or movement is overwhelming. No matter how artificial and non-tactile these virtual worlds and relationships have become. Our mainstream language is reduced to one-liners, selfies and 20-second videos in order to promote the “attractive” sides of ourselves. But unlike a photograph that fades away, these little considered digital “portraits” get swallowed up into the well of other “V.I.Ps,” and stored for future sell-offs and monitoring.
• The fast paced lifestyle we lead allows an oblivious attitude to detail to become the accepted norm. Habitual behaviour takes over, and we become everyday lemmings. We refuse to acknowledge each other. The environment, relationships, family, conversation and other matters that make us human appear no longer important. The mundane daily slog takes president.
• Self-preservation and acquirement of personal wealth are paramount. The conveyor continues to drive on generation after generation at greater speed. We demand more, our employers demand more of us, and our governments allow our rights to be withered away.
• Something has to give way. A society that potentially lacks morals has a lack of dignity, a lack of respect, and ultimately disengagement from real life.
Our modern society is engaged in polishing and decorating the cage in which man is kept imprisoned.
Scenes / Storyboard sketch:
• The journey follows the commuter to work or to the sofa. Back from work to the to the sofa again or into a chosen virtual reality.
• In between lies indecision due to conscience, option anxiety, and the bombardment of information, quality checked or not.
• Throughout is a constant underlying directive of direction to keep us traveling on the preordained rails.
• Stress seems incurable. Expectations and demands on our society are higher than ever. Give more take less.
• Production speed is creating confusion and we come together to amplify this stress causing us all to make miscalculations resulting in further despair.
• The clouds do occasionally clear allowing temporary liberation.
• However it all seems surreal. Is it greed or is it a misunderstanding that accrual of extra wealth will make things better. This can be viewed as selfishness, but is often a misguided will to make life better for our loved ones.
• In all its agreed that this repetition and monotony are part of the job description for modern western life. But inside our heads we are repulsed and tormented by it. We have fantasies and dreams about what it may one day be like to escape this eternal return. Do we want to conform? If not, then why do we do this everyday?
• This culminates in a Timeline of this Groundhog Day. A Timeline of daily decisions, improvisations, accidental successes, failures and demands stripped bare and analysed through L.E.N.S.
Take A Breath In
Artwork Rod Clark (TBC)
Film Makers TBC
Technical set up:
The music will be performed live to the screenings, in 5.1 surround sound, promoting a more immersive way of experiencing live sound and visuals combined.
Andrew Booth: Bass
Benjamin Baxter: Keys / Vocals
Dave Neil: Guitar
Laila Hansen: Guitar / Vocals / Keys
Steve Verdin: Guitar / Vocals