l’anteprima di Stonemilker per Rough Trade

Rough Trade, la nota etichetta di musica indipendente britannica, la settimana prossima offrirà in anteprima la visione del video di Stonemilker diretto da Andrew Thomas Huang. Huang ha anche diretto Black Lake (sia il trailer/book cover che il video in esclusiva per il MoMa) e la moving cover di Vulnicura. Stonemilker è stato indicato fin dan principio come primo singolo di Vulnicura.

Al riguardo Björk ha riferito:

we discussed [the 360 camera’s] potential for intimacy and andrew then suggested we take it to the beach where the song was written . it immediately rang true for me as that location has a beautiful 360 panoramic view which matches the cyclical fugue like movement in the song . if the song has a shape it is sort of like a circle that just goes on forever .

i had recorded the strings with a clip on mike on each instrument . we have made a different mix where we have fanned this in an intimate circle around the listener .

so as you watch this in the virtual reality headset it will be as if you are on that beach and with the 30 players sitting in a circle tightly around you

Il video, in forma circolare come la stessa canzone, è girato in panoramica con una camera a 360°  nella location stessa dove Björk ha concepito la canzone. In diverse interviste l’artista ha rivelato i riferimenti al regista svedese Ingmar Bergman ed in particolare ai dialoghi a cui l’attrice Liv Ullmann dà voce nel film “Scene da un matrimonio”. Il riferimento si riveste di maggiore significato se si considera che l’attrice sia stata anche sentimentalmente legata a Bergman (la coppia ebbe una figlia nel 1966).

Huang, invece, ha rivelato dettagli sullo shooting:

We captured “Stonemilker” in November on the westernmost tip of Reykjavik, an island called Grótta on the Seltjarnarnes peninsula, which is the very site by the lighthouse where she wrote the song and recorded much of Vulnicura.  After arriving in Iceland with a variety of camera gear and open minds, and after my in-depth conversations with Bjork at her home about the circular nature of the song, we spontaneously decided to shoot a performance of “Stonemilker” on the beach where it was written, using the 360 VRSE.works camera with the intent of capturing an intimate performance for virtual reality in the .

Grótta was a challenging location, as our only access to the island was a rocky narrow beach frequently covered by a swift moving tide easily stranding anyone who didn’t keep watch of the clock.  We only had time to plan the shoot the night before, and only 2 hours of filming due to the tide, and captured the performance in just a few takes.   

Because of the all-seeing nature of this camera,  my whole crew and I ducked behind boulders, leaving Bjork alone with the camera, not knowing what we would be ultimately capturing.  All I remember is staring at the pearlescent purple seashells beneath my feet throughout the takes listening to her strings reverberating against the wet tidepool rocks, popping my head up occasionally to steal glances of Bjork in her duet with the camera.

The spontaneity of the experience contrasted the months of planning and designing “Black Lake,” shot in Iceland only a few months before in August.  My experience with Bjork that summer involved her wearing a fitted sculptural black dress, pounding her chest in frigid temperatures, reliving her separation on camera while kneeling in a jagged ravine carved away by glaciers.

The woman we found in November was much different: her home was adorned with lilac candles, the air was moist and thick with neon yellow garments hanging and the tables covered in creamy lilac latex.  There was a feeling of soft, translucent skinlike textures everywhere, evoking a sense of healing, molting and nakedness. This was the new Bjork we captured in “Stonemilker”.

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We captured “Stonemilker” in November on the westernmost tip of Reykjavik, an island called Grótta on the Seltjarnarnes peninsula, which is the very site by the lighthouse where she wrote the song and recorded much of Vulnicura. After arriving in Iceland with a variety of camera gear and open minds, and after my in-depth conversations with Bjork at her home about the circular nature of the song, we spontaneously decided to shoot a performance of “Stonemilker” on the beach where it was written, using the 360 VRSE.works camera with the intent of capturing an intimate performance for virtual reality in the .

Grótta was a challenging location, as our only access to the island was a rocky narrow beach frequently covered by a swift moving tide easily stranding anyone who didn’t keep watch of the clock. We only had time to plan the shoot the night before, and only 2 hours of filming due to the tide, and captured the performance in just a few takes.

Because of the all-seeing nature of this camera, my whole crew and I ducked behind boulders, leaving Bjork alone with the camera, not knowing what we would be ultimately capturing. All I remember is staring at the pearlescent purple seashells beneath my feet throughout the takes listening to her strings reverberating against the wet tidepool rocks, popping my head up occasionally to steal glances of Bjork in her duet with the camera.

The spontaneity of the experience contrasted the months of planning and designing “Black Lake,” shot in Iceland only a few months before in August. My experience with Bjork that summer involved her wearing a fitted sculptural black dress, pounding her chest in frigid temperatures, reliving her separation on camera while kneeling in a jagged ravine carved away by glaciers.

The woman we found in November was much different: her home was adorned with lilac candles, the air was moist and thick with neon yellow garments hanging and the tables covered in creamy lilac latex. There was a feeling of soft, translucent skinlike textures everywhere, evoking a sense of healing, molting and nakedness. This was the new Bjork we captured in “Stonemilker”.

Björk informa, tramite un annuncio su facebook, di essere molto felice di poter condividere questa esperienza proprio con la Rough Trade.

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