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‘What do you think you’re looking at?’ Philip Clemo on TEDx

How would it feel if you no longer recognised your world? Could you learn to look in the way you listen to a piece of music?

Philip Clemo challenges familiarity through the use of cutting-edge technology to explore the hidden mysteries of the world all around us: even our own bodies can become alien landscapes when viewed through Clemo’s lens. In this TEDx he talks about his ground-breaking Breath Project www.breathproject.net

Clemo hopes to give us an opportunity to explore the world as a two-year old might; the way a pre-verbal child might experience something for the first time. He invites us to go deeply into the experience of listening; pushing the creative boundaries of technology. Philip’s Breath Project is only the beginning; exploring non-verbal and pre-verbal communication for those hungry to experience the world around us without words.

Shadow Seas, featuring Evi Vine

Shadow Seas is the second short film from the Dream Maps album. It was directed by Philip Clemo and shot with long-term collaborator Colin Gray. It features Evi Vine who also sings on the track. World-leading designers and manufacturers of ultra-slow-motion cameras, Vision Research, helped in the making of this film.

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Water in the Flow video, featuring Evi Vine

This is the first short film to come from the Dream Maps album. It was directed by Philip Clemo and shot with long-term collaborator Colin Gray. It features Evi Vine who also wrote the words and sang on the track.

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Dream Maps album launch, Kings Place London

One hour film from the Dream Maps live album launch at Kings Place, London on 14th September, with Arve Henriksen (trumpet, voice), Evi Vine (voice), Sarah Homer (clarinet, bass clarinet), Emily Burridge (cello), Steven Hill (guitar), Simon Edwards (bass) and Martyn Barker (drums). The great Phill Brown was on front of house sound with Ben Davey.

Dream Maps album launch, Kings Place London: ‘Lark’

The third of three videos from the Dream Maps live album launch at Kings Place, London on 14th September, with Arve Henriksen (trumpet, voice), Evi Vine (voice), Sarah Homer (clarinet, bass clarinet), Emily Burridge (cello), Steven Hill (guitar), Simon Edwards (bass) and Martyn Barker (drums). The great Phill Brown was on front of house sound with Ben Davey.

Dream Maps album launch, Kings Place London: ‘Liberation’

The second of three videos from the Dream Maps live album launch at Kings Place, London on 14th September, with Arve Henriksen (trumpet, voice), Evi Vine (voice), Sarah Homer (clarinet, bass clarinet), Emily Burridge (cello), Steven Hill (guitar), Simon Edwards (bass) and Martyn Barker (drums). The great Phill Brown was on front of house sound with Ben Davey.

Dream Maps album launch, Kings Place London: ‘Shadow Seas’

The first of three videos from the Dream Maps live album launch at Kings Place, London on 14th September, with Arve Henriksen (trumpet, voice), Evi Vine (voice), Sarah Homer (clarinet, bass clarinet), Emily Burridge (cello), Steven Hill (guitar), Simon Edwards (bass) and Martyn Barker (drums). The great Phill Brown was on front of house sound with Ben Davey.

Dream Maps preview (2016)

A preview of music from the 2016 album Dream Maps, with imagery from The Breath Project

The Breath Project trailer (2016)

BREATH: Journeys Through The Landscapes of Life from perfectmotion.tv on Vimeo

This is the current trailer for The Breath Project. Philip Clemo is Creative Director  and the project is produced by perfectmotion.

BREATH is an audio-visual journey through the landscapes 
of life. Using cutting-edge camera and motion-tracking technologies, it explores the relationships we have with both our ageing bodies and the planet we live on. The journey takes audiences through eight phases of human life, from birth to death, and across the 
many (aerial to microscopic) environments 
we inhabit.

The work is a multi-sensory experience in 
two stages:

  • A non-verbal feature film
  • A highly interactive multi-media art installation

Breath has been working with Academy Award winning Arri and Vision Research camera manufacturers and Mark Roberts Motion Control. It has an Oscar, Emmy and Olivier winning creative team, and is partnered with five UK universities. The Breath Project has already made presentations at the V&A Museum, London and Eden Project, Cornwall, England.

For example material and further information please visit www.breathproject.net

Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/breathproject.net

The Memory of Objects: Château de Rochebonne France (2014)

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Do objects have a molecular memory retained from extreme events?

This is the first film in my new Memory of Objects series. It was shot on location in the Château de Rochebonne, France. The château was originally built in 1628 but razed to the ground in 1799 during the French Revolution. Later it was shared by two estranged brothers who split the house in two. It was occupied by the German army during World War II. This film explores the objects inside in intimate detail.

Orchid (2013)

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Orchid from Philip Clemo on Vimeo.

A bee’s eye view into the world of orchids.

Orchids are considered to be the most highly evolved of flowering plants and when explored close up often appear to have almost human characteristics.

Shot over three days in the greenhouses of Don Dennis’ Living Tree Orchid Essences on the Isle of Gigha in the Scottish Hebrides, this is Philip Clemo’s intimate interaction with these extraordinary plants.

Four Seconds to Midnight (2013)

Shown at L.A ShortsStarz DenverClermont-Ferrand International and Free Spirit film festivals.

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Four Seconds to Midnight from Philip Clemo on Vimeo.

Shot in Iceland and the UK, this short film explores this thought: if the estimated 4.5 billion years our planet has been in existence is equated to 24 hours, Homo sapiens have been around for 4 seconds. The music is the final track from the Mesmer album – Return.

Wide-eyed (2013)

Shown at Starz DenverClermont-Ferrand International and Free Spirit film festivals.

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Wide-eyed from Philip Clemo on Vimeo.

An observation on the different qualities and forms of light. And the wide-eyed qualities of childhood.

The music is the first track from the Mesmer album.

Aurora Borealis, northern Norway (2013)

Shown at Starz Denver film festival.

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Aurora Borealis, northern Norway 2013 from Philip Clemo on Vimeo.

Excerpts from Arctic Circle aurora borealis shoot, February 2013. Many thanks to Arri Media and Anton Bauer for their help in Norway.

Return (2013)

Shown at Clermont-Ferrand International and Free Spirit film festivals.

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Return from Philip Clemo on Vimeo.

Shot in northern Norway and England, Return explores impermanence and transformation. The music is the piece ‘Breath’ from the Mesmer album. Many thanks to Arri Media and Anton Bauer for their help in Norway.

The Mesmer vignettes (2012)

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The Mesmer vignettes from Philip Clemo on Vimeo.

1) Nostalgia   2) Erasure    3) Escape   4) Seduction   5) Decay   6) New growth

A series of film vignettes to pieces from the Mesmer album. These journeys explore unusual perspectives in natural and urban environments.

Sigur Rós – Fjögur Píanó. Directed by Philip Clemo (2012)


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Sigur Rós – Fjögur Píanó. Directed by Philip Clemo from Philip Clemo on Vimeo.

As part of the Sigur Rós Valtari Mystery Film Experiment

Enter the Earth – become trapped in the endless cycles of life and death, creation and destruction. Then look upwards and transcend – rising to the sun as everything turns to dust below. Then the cycle begins again. Philip Clemo’s film explores intimate macro terrains in a dialogue with the contractions and expansions in Sigur Rós Fjögur Píanó.

Excerpts from ‘The Air Holds Still On My Breath’ (Iceland)


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Excerpts from ‘The Air Holds Still On My Breath’ from Philip Clemo on Vimeo.

Shot in Iceland for Philip Clemo’s film ‘The Air Holds Still On My Breath’ this material became the inspiration for his Breath project. This excerpt has been cut to illustrate the ambition and potential of the Breath feature film which is currently in development.

Breath, the movie:

Can you imagine what it would be like to experience the world around you without words? Our analytical brain likes to name and organise what we take in but there is another, much more expansive, way to experience the world. Breath moves beyond traditional narrative and uses music, sound design and extraordinary imagery from unusual perspectives to tell its stories.

This film takes us on a mesmerising cinematic trip through the human journey from forceps to the grave, while in parallel we look at a wider evolution: that of planet Earth. These intertwined journeys are explored as multi-dimensional ‘landscapes’ giving the viewer a bold, unique and emotional understanding of how very different environments can affect, mimic and support each other: how one might be the very essence of the other. We see how our planet evolves and adapts and how our own evolution can play a profound part in this: we can have a symbiotic relationship or potentially harm each other.

The dramas of human and planetary life are illustrated through the metaphors of an ever changing ecology: an aerial camera travels a dry desert and it’s dark deep cracks give way to an intense close up of the brittle hand of an older woman: humanity becomes a mirror of the land. We explore the effect of very different human dimensions on a specially developed ‘energy field’ camera and delve into micro worlds through a cutting-edge light microscopic to explore other-worldly dynamics, eco systems and terrains.

The choices made in a film soundtrack enable us to see the accompanying images very differently. Music and sound design are at the heart of this film – the breath that breathes life into the other elements. The boundaries between abstract sound and composition will constantly be blurred and the dynamics will range from achingly beautiful atmospherics to shocking sonic intensity.

Breath is a very different kind of environmental film: one that helps us to awaken to what is around us. It is an audio-visual sensation: a visual feast, of earth and sky, skin and soul, ice and fire, wrapped together with a powerful and transformative soundtrack. This is a visceral film: it stimulates and challenges the senses, leaving us never quite seeing the world the same way again.

Melt (2009)

Shown at the Reykjavik International Film Festival in 2009, London Short Film Festival in 2010 and Goethe Institut Science Film Festival, 2014.

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Melt from Philip Clemo on Vimeo.

A short film to the second track from the Soundzero album (a musical collaboration with composer and violinist Ysanne Spevack). The film was produced, edited and directed by Philip Clemo and shot on full HD on location in Iceland, mainly from the air using a gyro-stabilised camera mounted on a helicopter.

Separated by Shadows Tour 2005/06

“A powerful piece of contemporary chemistry” The Guardian

Separated by Shadows live tour 2005/6 from Philip Clemo on Vimeo.

A compilation of clips from the 2005/06 Separated by Shadows tour. The London Jazz Festival concert was broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Nov 2005, with an interview with Philip Clemo.

Philip Clemo (guitar, laptop), Clive Bell (reeds), Tom Chant (sax, clarinet), Kevin Pollard (keyboards), Simon Wagland (cello), John Edwards (bass), Pete Lockett (percussion), Orphy Robinson (percussion) and Mark Sanders (drums, percussion).

separated-by-shadows-300x247Separated by Shadows film (2005)

A one hour film made for the Separated by Shadows tour 2005/06. Shot on location in Iceland, South East Asia and Australasia, using high speed and time-lapse filming techniques, the film explores ideas around the abstraction of nature through the distortion of scale and time.

Live at Cargo, London, 2001

 

Live at Cargo, London, 2001 from Philip Clemo on Vimeo.

Philip Clemo, Ysanne Spevack, John Edwards and Mark Sanders, live at Cargo in London.

metal on water webMetal On Water (1999)

Short film made to accompany the opening track of Inhale the Colours. Moves between rich washes of colour and aqueous movement to a furiously paced flickering of abstract light reflections.

Directed by Philip Clemo. Music composed by Philip Clemo and Ysanne Spevack.

an-altered-perspectiveAn Altered Perspective
(Journeys in the East) (1995)

Interpretations of a journey through Burma, Vietnam, Indonesia and Western New Guinea in 1993/94. Images of landscape, water, exploration, work, ritual, with a multi-layered soundscape of birdcalls, market sellers and street sounds.

Directed by Philip Clemo. Music composed by Philip Clemo.

objects-and-observationsObjects And Observations (1993)

A vivid, evocative collection of images from Croatia, Eastern Europe and the United Kingdom, linked with studio footage.

Directed by Philip Clemo and Colin Gray. Music composed by Philip Clemo.

Thieves grabThieves – “Unworthy” promo (1992)

Promotional film for ‘Unworthy’ by David McAlmont’s band Thieves.

Directed by Philip Clemo and Colin Gray.

The film can currently be viewed on YouTube and will be uploaded here soon.

from-the-morning-onFrom The Morning On (1990)

A travelogue based around the passing of a day in India and Nepal, shot on location over six weeks. Shown at the Leicester Independent Film Festival in 1990.

Directed by Philip Clemo and Colin Gray. Music composed by Philip Clemo.

box-in-the-sunBox In the Sun (1990)

An abstract, richly visual story about the journeys and dreams of a disoriented map reader, with a narration from ‘Under A Glass Bell’ by Anais Nin. Shown at the Leicester Independent Film Festival in 1990.

Directed by Philip Clemo and Colin Gray. Music composed by Philip Clemo.

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