OCTAVE making of:
‘OCTAVE’ is an exploration of the urban world made new through the reordering of physical time. The notion of time as a physical, tangible and malleable medium has always been a big influence within my work. By reordering and distorting time ‘OCTAVE’ is an exploration of the frenetic architecture, rhythm and geometry of Hong Kong. Filmed from a moving vehicle, the film utilises motion and time to create a seamless evolving architectural canvas, viewing the urban environment from a unique perspective.
We see the world around us reinterpreted by our own relativity; our physical distance, speed and angle helps to paint our own unique and subjective relationship to the world we inhabit. Motion picture born out of the last 130 years has sought to explore the world in a time based environment, whereby static juxtaposed images change their meaning to one another when combined in different arrangements, creating a subjective image. By using the medium of time to reshape our perceived relative world OCTAVE imagines the urban environment in an organic state, re-shaping and re-ordering as a new form of architecture.
As the name suggests ‘OCTAVE’ is inspired by the visual and structural language of musical notation. Beats, bars, repeating and ascending rhythms of notes evolve and develop to create evolving scores of emotions. A commissioned composition ‘te amo laughing / future jail’ by the Los Angeles duo ‘Lucky Dragons’ adds a humanistic layer to the concrete world OCTAVE explores. As described by the artists the composition is based on the ‘auditory illusion described by Diana Deutsch, in which one’s attention starts to find patterns in long sequences of looping syllables that fall somewhere between language and music – sometimes appearing as rhythms and melodies, sometimes as words or phrases – usually with unique effects for each listener.
Director, Cinematographer, Editor: James Medcraft
Musical Composition ‘te amo laughing / future jail’ Courtesy Lucky Dragons / Luke Fischbeck and Sarah Rara
Local Hong Kong production: Khiang Tan & Jo Cheung at Wow Wow Tank
Production support UK: Tristan Earl at Red Lorry Yellow Lorry
Equipment Loan: Canon UK, Focus 24
Vehicle driver: Marco Lau