2 Cameras @ Sea


Clive Holden:  To start, I interviewed my Dad while we looked out at sea. We’ve talked for years while staring out at 'trashing waves', with our own (connected but separate) points of view. I asked him about his two big passions: his life-long emotional relationship with the ocean and his deep love of music. Then I traveled the rugged coastlines of Vancouver Island. I filmed seascapes and especially waves using old and new cameras. The act of filming is very physical and emotional for me, something like a musical performance. This film connects my father’s childhood relationship with the Irish Sea to the roiling waves surrounding our 'New World' home. It also bridges the worlds of film and music.

Oscar van Dillen:  This music was composed after careful study of the movements of water and the sounds they produce. I recorded the salt water of the North Sea off the Dutch coastline. The obvious common element in music and water is the wave. While composing I started treating individual tones as drops, phrases as waves, parts as tides, as if working from the atoms themselves upwards. In this way the piece achieves its own flow. Music and voice take part in an auditive interplay: the layers of music, language and sound unfolding parallel stories and form, substance and content, water and music, becoming one.

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With specialist studies in Classical North Indian and Medieval music as well as training in Jazz, World- and Classical Western music, theory and composition, Rotterdam composer Oscar van Dillen has a broad background on which to draw both in his works and as a professor of music at Codarts University for the Arts. With Mathematics and Architecture among his other studies, he can be regarded as a specialist with a universalist background. He was acclaimed as "a knowledgeable polyglot and a philantropic world citizen" when he served on the international board of directors of Wikimedia, the foundation behind Wikipedia. Oscar van Dillen's musical works are being performed worldwide. Perhaps the Chamber-Symphony de Stad is his best known work, recorded in 2003 in Germany with the composer conducting the work. In The Netherlands he worked with film directors Pieter Jan Smit and Adriaan Lokman. His collaboration with Clive Holden goes back to the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2005. After a screening of Trains of Winnipeg their first encounter immediately led to a frank and lively discussion. This inspiring first meeting gradually developed into a close friendship, and since 2007 they have been working on Utopia Suite, of which 2 Cameras @ Sea is the latest production.

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