1998 – Soundtrack to The Surreal World of Las Pozas

In 1998, I was asked by my good friend Tom Tomlinson to contribute to the a soundtrack to the film The Surreal World Of Las Pozas, a documentary film detailing the photographer Joan Rosenstein‘s visit to the surrealist Las Pozas sculpture garden in Xilitla, Mexico created by the British poet Edward James. With a copy of the rough cut of the film in hand and the fledgling IRC protocol on the still embryonic modern internet to transfer audio files back and forth between my studio and Tom Tomlinson’s studio, I assembled a collection of atmospheric beds and looping musical mood pieces to underpin the film’s exploration of Rosenstein’s photographic tour of the garden without overwhelming the meditative narrative on an artist working within the framework of another’s endeavors to find a new vision. It was an eye-and-ear-opening experience for me as a young(ish) composer and the framed print of “Captive Of The Bamboo Grove” given to me by the artist as a thank you for my contribution hangs in my studio after all the intervening years.