My project started falling into place after completing an interview with a Mytilini-based musician that Georgios, Ero and Male provided to me. One of the things he proposed in the interview was that I should come see his theater play on Saturday. I want to go there and film the performance muted, then put the audio recording of him recommending it to me on top of it, accompanied with my own original music.
I will spend my remaining time here asking the locals to recommend me places or things to do that are dear to them, and not necessarily the tourist attractions. Then I will travel to these places and film them.
I am open to suggestions to what other questions and approaches would be interesting in this sort of project!
When I got back to Mitochi I couldn’t help but notice the sound of the crickets, and especially their rhythm. Every time I hear crickets I’m amazed by their steady sense of consistent rhythm, but this time it was two different rhythms happening at once that would meet every 5th beat. The one side would hold a steady «1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3» feel whereas the other went «1, 2, 1, 2» and they shared the «1» between them. This is something that is called 3 over 2 and is categorised as a polyrhythm (poly=more).
This made me think of the different «rhythms» The Ethnographer and The Other are playing with, yet somehow are often able to find a middleground, much like polyrhythms are sharing the «1». When I travel to these places I am going to bring a different rhythm than the person I talked to did when they were there. So I’ve decided to make this specific rhythm the basis of my composition.
To those interested I’ve provided a youtube video of this polyrhythm below. Notice how each of them are holding a steady beat without taking breaks or considerations for the other, yet manages to meet (this is uncommon).