These are the fifth and sixth movements of my piece Hunting for Mushrooms. They are programmatic pieces which means that they attempt to represent topics that are extra musical.
The first piece starts with a single tone which represents the bus stop. A second tone comes in from the left which represents a kid waiting at the stop. A third tone comes in from the right which is another kid. The kid on the left gradually makes his way to the right and offers the other a cigaret. As he takes it his pitch drops to a more perfect harmony with the other kid and the bus stop. Soon the bus comes and takes the kids away, leaving the bus stop to sit alone once again.
The second piece is a bus ride. On the right is the bus and the chords on the left are passing cars. Every once in a while a tone will be added to the bus which represents a new passenger. After a while a car is forced by another into the bus making them crash. The tone sounding at the end is that of the only surviving passenger on the bus.
The video footage was greatly inspired by Jean Cocteau’s technique of reversal footage. I shot it shortly after watching his film Orpheus from 1950 and also a short film he did shortly after which contained a large amount of reversal footage.