Première of new video by local musician John Hickey

Posted on - 14th July, 2014 - 9:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Music, Videos


On Tuesday 15th July 2014 at 8pm BST musician John Hickey will unveil his latest video project entitled “And all Her Tears Would Fall Upon the Snow”.

Following on from the success of “Time Machine”, a short film showing a series of slowly evolving still images recording the passage of time, musician and film maker John Hickey has created a new project with a theme of snow.

“I was very pleased with the response to “Time Machine” and wanted to follow it up with something that I hope will excite people just as much.” said John, “That film began with the images, I edited the film first and then composed the soundtrack. This time I composed the music and have built the film around the score”.

People often ask writers and artists etc. where they get their ideas from. In this case the source was very clear and startling. Often the genesis of an idea is lost but in this case John woke up in the middle of the night with an idea in his head. He said,

“I wasn’t woken by any of the usual reasons, such as a noise, or needing the toilet and I certainly wasn’t dreaming. However as I lay there, half awake, I realised there was a phrase in my head, “And all her tears would fall upon the snow”. It floated there for a few moments and it sounded interesting and then it struck me that it is also an iambic pentameter. I’m certainly not accustomed to iambic pentameters popping into my head out of nowhere! I looked at the clock and it was 5.05am. That sounded like an interesting number”.

The next day John still had the phrase in his head and set about creating a piece of music, lasting five minutes and five seconds.

“The bones of the music came fairly quickly and a narrative based on the title emerged. Then I recruited Pete and Joe Cobb to play guitars and basses, respectively, and Greg Dilworth to add drums. As is so often the case fine tuning and developing the music took a while.”

While this process was going one John realised that he didn’t have enough photos or videos of snow and ice to develop the theme into a video. He hit upon the idea of asking people to collaborate by submitting photos and videos to the project and set up a Facebook group.

After a slow start the people got on board and started sending in snow and ice photos and videos. Images dating back to the 1970s and up to present day are included in the video with locations from Canada to New Zealand and Lancashire to Suffolk.

“I wanted to do something a little more complex with the editing than I’d done with the video for “Time Machine” and had to learn how to use a new video editing programme. This took a lot longer than I thought, but I think the result is worth it” said John.

The video and soundtrack for “And all Her Tears Would Fall Upon the Snow” will have a virtual première on Facebook, YouTube and music site Bandcamp at 8pm on 15th July.

Will you watch the video? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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