The post-production phase of the audio documentary film Água Nas Guelras, by Marco Schiavon, ended with great satisfaction, with the music written and produced by me. As the director says: After a long journey, full of comparisons, ideas, beautiful and important experiences, the film is now finally ready for launch. Produced by ETHNO, with the support of the Azores Regional Tourism Directorate. My thanks to the director and the production for this profound experience in the sound of a nature that is still so great.
There is an invisible bond between a man and a place in the world, beyond the boundaries of where he was born. It is a feeling of belonging, of roots, of home. At the beginning of the nineties, a boy and his family move from a big german city to Faial, a small island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. He is 12 years old and he suddenly finds himself on an isolated strip of land, surrounded only by the sea. Today Franz is 35, and in the depths of this sea he has found home.Água nas Guelras – Water in the Gills is the story of the encounter between the spirit of a man and the spirit of his place, the island. It is a metaphorical immersion in the process that leads a man to know his real self and to conceive life. A process that becomes a ritual: a real immersion, in apnea.The water world, fluid and deep, awakes intuition in him, the emotional, sensorial and meditative sides of his being.In the earthly world, concrete and stone, reflections and thought processes come to surface. Memory and meaning arise, reviving the path that has led him to the conscious decision of staying and embracing a lifestyle of ancestral simplicity. (cit from production)
The Music, the Sound
The soundtrack of Água Nas Guelras was written and produced by Giovanni Schievano who also took care of the sound design part. Evocative sounds using a minimal electronic mood, alternated or integrated with classical instruments recorded ad hoc. Among all, the cello played in a poignant take by Laura Balbinot and the accordion of the talented Francesca Gallo.
Particular attention was paid to sound design. A maniacal care for natural sounds, first of which the sea and the wind, which are in some way the co-stars of the film, with their presence so important, sometimes very strong, other times delicate to the limit of the poetic. The exclusively technical part of sound recording and audio postproduction (Mixing and mastering audio) was edited by Soundrivemotion