On the same planet earth - Buthan Landscapes
. conception / recorder (in Buthan cities) / script and sound editing supervision: Lilian Zaremba
. sound editing: Toni Godoy and Napoleão
This land at the foot of the Himalayas, bordered by China and India, is a kingdom founded by Buddhist monks, well apart from the tropical country of Brasil where I was born and where I live. Without doubt the invitation I received in 2009/2010 was like a dream trip for me. And this is what happened: amazing landscapes, including new sounds to my ears. I recorded, filmed and photographed on my iphone 2 (!). Arriving to Rio de Janeiro, I took the recordings to the studio and workedon them and shaped them into soundscapes. All still resounding me, this journey was so beautiful and I was happy - Buddhists have a saying: "don't take nothing just pictures, and leave only your footprints".
- Men sing mix (1'34").
travel without leaving the place called Proust, but put the feet in other territories also leads us to inner landscapes. When turning the wheel of time if it reaches the words that fly, that I have learned in the kingdom of Bhutan, wedged in the Himalayas, observing the resonance in the ears of those monks, or in arches that leave the arrows which when setting its target was feted at the corner of men.
- Bells at the entry into the monastery of Thimphu City (0’21”)
This is another journey Mr. Proust, leaving the place to achieve times - past, present and future. May subsequently be made with their ears, who remain quiet but in his own way, move to that entry of the monastery...
- Astrologer says: Lilian! (0’32”).
The future seems far too random for time immediately, afraid of the traveler who seeks to know more from the astrologer in the town of Paro. While drafting the sand that was reading my probable future he said my name: Lilian!
- Mane Laro sounds (0’17”)
Many elderly people go to visit the beautiful monasteries from the 18th century, in their hands the prayer wheel, which is called Mane Laro. This is a way to ask for a quiet end-of-life and a good pass to another way.
- Words at wind (2’04”)
Rotate the wheel of believes, the words echoing their prayers, and can play your luck in the wind.
- Prayer mix (1’17”)
Within the monastery it is not allowed to use shoes, or cameras. Monks of all ages from children to adults are sitting in their orange clothes from the beginning of the prayer in the morning till the light falls. And you can see children bringing monks rice in large bowls. Others bring amphoras filled with tea. On this trip I am sitting for a while watching and listening so they did not noticed - despite being inside of me.
- Nuns with Bell and Drum (9'33")
Usually the monks are men, but there is a monastery of nuns, who remain in seclusion. In their daily prayers they sing and ring bells and play drums.
- Whats your name? (0’04”)
Surrounded by beautiful girls who speak fluent english. They are curious about me: who would be this woman looking so different: hair, face, clothes? Where she comes from? How does she speak? What would be her name?
- Within the Monastery (1’39”)
Without shoes, without camera, in silence. In reverence to the Buddhists you should behave like them when you enter a monastery. The environment with the smell of incense, diffuse light coming from the high windows, waxed hardwood floors is calm and spreads peace. There, in the midst of the prayers the world is far from the rush of electronics and useless thoughts. A space where the thought s can flow without having to answer anything. Because there is no answer. Just life.
- Buthan Wheel of Prayers (1’39”)
The sound travels with the movement. There is no sound without movement. Thus the Mexicans believe that the sacred words spoken by monks centuries ago are now contained in your prayers carried by the wind. The prayers are found in space and time, which may be heard by all.
- Meditation with giant bowls (4’30”)
Idiophones are instruments that remove sound from their own body, as these giant bowls resonate your music helping to spread prayers.
Through the Sound Mirror
. conception/script / sounds and sound editing supervision: Lilian Zaremba
. voices: Toni Villani, Sonia Mattos, Steve Berg, Pat Kilgore.
. sound editing: Napoleão this program used samplers of Coco Dub (music by Chico Science) and traditional folk music from Brazil.
A word, two words or just a sound. What did they really want to say? The music of this voice that speaks, perhaps says much more... a walk around this audible mirror of a continental country, still able to save different discourses in its territory: onomatopoeias accents, slang, vocal expressions... In this action it is about collecting words, collecting the senses, which could be a prove which translates as Brazilian culture.