I fell in love with this tune when I first heard it in the movie Picnic at Hanging Rock. It is so peaceful and innocent, yet when set with the movie it becomes beautifully haunting.
The original is by renowned Romanian panpipe player, Gheorghe Zamfir. It’s an exceptionally technical piece, with so much history and musicality in it, that I was a little scared to stuff up, but I knew that I could create my own version of it that would hopefully stand on its own, without taking away from the original.
I recorded this piece on tenor recorder because I wanted that airy woody sound, and I wanted something lower than my usual flute. But recorder is not my main instrument, and tenor recorder requires quite a stretch of the fingers, so it took a few takes to get right.
Once I was happy with the recording, I had to wait for the perfect weather to shoot the video. I was hoping for some thick winter fog in the bush, but time was running out – COVID restrictions in Victoria were about to toughen up, and wearing a mask (even in the bush) was about to become mandatory.
I had a window of 2 days while my kid was at school before masks were to become a requirement – both days were forecast for rain. I didn’t mind my camera getting wet, as it is fairly splash-proof, but I didn’t want my camera gear getting wet. I had a new gimbal stabiliser that I was still getting the hang of, and I didn’t want it to get wetter than necessary.
Fortunately I had scouted the area already, so I pounced on the first day I had available. There was a light drizzle, so I wore my rain jacket while walking, and gave the splash proofing of my camera a thorough test.
Of course, it would have been ideal to go to Hanging Rock for the video, but it was too far to go with the current restrictions, but this local area has plenty of value.
Beautiful gum trees emerging from beds of bracken. A kookaburra. Raindrops in the sunlight. Winter flowers emerging. Even a rare koala!
Luckily I got enough video before the rain really came down. Check out the video below, and get the single here 🙂