"THE RIVER" BASED on a personal
SONIC VISUALIZATION of: THE TIBETAN BOOK OF THE DEAD. I wanted to
create imagery inspired by the following: 1) readings in Russian and
English of the TBOD 2) conversations with monks I had visited in the
southeast region of Siberia who practiced a form of shamanic Buddhism,
mainly handed down word of mouth, remarkable in this way for always
remaining in the present. 3) My journey to the west and its subsequent
challenge to everything I had ever known- a kind of death therein.
4) A visualization of the Tibetan Book of the Dead that is disturbing,
beautiful, mysterious, romantic, lyrical and classical...
There is an escape. There is another road. Someone
might know what lies beyond those waters...
Other inspirations: The visual theme of the river
was inspired by very different sources such as The Phantom of the
Opera by Gaston Leroux, Dracula by Bram Stoker and most of all by
the legend of the mythological river Styx
(a symbolic division between life and death). It's a glimpse into
a secret world filled with burning energy, wild dreams, romantic stories
and enchanted souls.
'As you journey over the river you will come
to a fire running across the sky from one end to the other. You will
see a dark angel on the other side of the river. He is waiting for
you. Moreover, he will take care of you.
(Egyptian Book of Death)'
Acoustic guitar playing ancient Egyptian tune that morphs into an
old Irish/English lute-like chorus, layered with extensively synthesized
textures, 5-string and keyboard bass, strange groovy beats, piano
and female vocals going from ethereal intros to earthy choruses.
Artist: Kin Za Za
D.O.P: Duraid Munajim
Additional cinematography: Dimitri
Pre-edit: Dimitri Soukonnov (Sense
Final edit:Sylvain Boivin/Smoke*
FX Artist: Elke Starck/Inferno*
Executive Producer: Paul Lebrasseur
Big Thanx to Stephane Labrie and Stephane Desautels
Humongous THANX to Louise Lege and Claude Pilon
© 2001 KinZaZa.