The portals between worlds are open. It is Samhain night in the Southern Hemisphere, when the veil between the worlds rises to celebrate the death along with our ancestors, reminding us always that it is from death that life comes. And it is Beltane in the northern hemisphere, when the gates are opened to commemorate the union between God and Goddess, male and female, the creation of life in its fullness.
In festive mood, we present to you the new video from HI-BRAZIL: Prologue.
For the day comes when the desert sands
shall fill thy holy places
New faiths shall make a mock of all thy
holies, and centurion shall call unto centurion across
thy fortress walls...
In a desert, two friends gather to revere Nature. They scratch symbols on sandy soil and greet the spirits of the place. The landscape is lush, though it seems bleak. Nomads, they know some mysteries about life that there is born and dies every day.
Thousands of miles away, several colleagues gather to explore nature. They draw graphics on work boards and greet the bankers of the site. The atmosphere is stifling, though it seems comfortable. Sedentary, they know many mysteries about the money that there is counted and recounted every day.
Duality. If it could be expressed in one word, that word would be chosen by HI-BRAZIL to set the video for Prologue. Made specially for the release of the second volume of the saga The Song of the Spheres, the music will be part of the soundtrack of the work that is being created by the two artists.
"It may seem paradoxical to choose the word duality to express the prologue of a story," says Maurício Businari. "But it's exactly upon the balance of opposing forces that this work is based."
When darkness and light are in balance, says Maurício, Nature shows itself creative, inspiring. But when something happens that endangers the harmony between them, the result is chaotic and destructive.
"Imagine you are among friends and is approached by strangers. They force you to drink a strange potion that turns you into a zombie. You then proceeds to do all the wants of strangers, forgetting forever your origins," says Maurício.
"It's like the story of Aladdin," added André Luiz Salibi. "Where the genie is imprisoned in a lamp by a black magician, that casts over him a curse. And he is forced to satisfy the desires of any person to possess it."
According to André, for the ancient people of the desert, the desires are flames that, lit by passions purely selfish, can cause terrible disasters. "In this video, we try to illustrate this issue, using excerpts from old films, produced in the 1950s, that are under Public Domain Licenses. They are interesting pictures, stories that intersect themselves and eventually go parallel, towards an unclear outcome."
Epilogue, the first video released by the duo to announce the second volume of The Song of the Spheres, refers to this outcome. Like Prolog, it can be seen on channel HI-BRAZIL on Youtube:
Project The Song of the Spheres
Project The Song of the Spheres
The project The Song of the Spheres was born of the HI-BRAZIL's need to create, through art, a record about the striking changes that are being operated in the terrestrial environment as a result of human selfishness. "And it is also as a survival manual," says Maurice. "A guide, a map to help us in finding the lost child within us."
The book tells the story of Thales, a boy born and raised in a large city on Earth, and his extraordinary adventure around the globe in search of the seven notes of the Song of the Spheres. This song is powerful, it is the union of the vibrations of the atoms of all living beings. And it is this song who keeps life in balance. But men, with their factories and cities, are reducing very quickly the frequency range of this music.
At the request of Bétula, The Lady of The Icy Lands and connoisseur of ancient mysteries, Thales agrees to participate in the long and perilous journey in search of musical notes with which he can make sound again, with a harp whose strings are made of light, the Song of the Spheres .
"The book was born because of that desire that we both had to go around, leaving the past behind, venturing ourselves into risky missions to save the Earth," concludes Andrew.
The saga is divided into two volumes. The first, The Bard and the Queen of Ice, is originally written in Portuguese and is available for download at the duo's site, along with the soundtrack, also created and produced by HI-BRAZIL:
The second volume of the series is being produced and will be released in December this year (2010).