Time of the Earth
by Bill Beck, spacemusic mailing list
January 13, 2002
Some time ago, I handheld a video camera from the bow of a canoe while a friend of mine steered us down a secret haven of mine; on a remote stream in the Jersey Pine Barrens. Contrasting shaded sequences of river and unbelievable expanses of open meadows, I wanted to film a continuous shot so I could always replay the journey at home. Pleased with the visuals, the finished video lacked something. Experimenting, I mixed in some music, picking a Robert Rich / Alio Die classic from Fissures, The Road to Warikuta, and I had exactly what I wanted.
Recalling those Siskel & Ebert days as well, and the one episode that offered incredible images scored by some guy named Philip Glass, which quickly led me up to Philly's TLA on South Street; where I would be overwhelmed by the full screened version of Koyaanisqatsi. Michael Stearns has found splendid visual matches for our genre: Chronos, Baraka, etc.
I finally got my chance to sit back and enjoy Steve Roach's marriage to the wondrous visuals of by Steve Lazur on the recently released DVD TIME OF THE EARTH. On the surface of it all, one might think here that the sound and film lack a story.
I wish there were more like this.