Here is a new vlog-like sonic meditation which I call a short film. It's about the creek that I'm trying to explore and understand more deeply. Because this creek already is the source of so much magic in my recent years. I'm grateful for it.
Music: Martynas Jocius – Silent Knowledge (alt. Virsmai – Nebylusis Žinojimas).
A new short film that continues the saga of small forest creeks. For me this place is magical, and I come here as often as I can (but not too often) to heal and strengthen my sould and body. It's a wild place where trees fall and die naturally, where brown trouts live, and where you can see so many boulders that were brought here thousands of kilometers from the north during the last ice age.
Recorded in December 2019.
Soundtrack: A Magical Place (2019, unreleased).
"Time" is a short film about a small creek, forest, autumn, and life.
Music and video footage by Martynas Jocius (me).
Thanks for watching.
A week ago, as if by accident, there were favorable circumstances to start working on one planned long-term creative project. I packed my coffee and camera into my backpack and went for a few hours to a small beautiful creek where I was hoping to start filming a small documentary on Lithuanian trout (Salmo trutta fario).
The trip was a complete failure in terms of the goals set, but absolutely magical compared to what was actually going on.
Sun and warm wind is back for a few days. A good time to explore some wild places with the family. We say hi to this small beautiful insect.
"Pine Seed", a draft generative loop for a new song.
Small waters are a habitat for often rare and mysterious animals. This tiny stream might be one of the last places where nearly extinct species of mayflies or stoneflies live, or it may be the home for only healthy species. You never know unless you start exploring and paying attention.
I've recorded this short video clip while visiting one small stream today, and it played well with "Biodiversity" song that I plan to release some time in the future. Hopefully soon.
We can only hear Eurasian nuthatch, great tit and blue tit beeping in the branches. Some woodpecker is pruning a tree. Middle of the autumn. Many bird species are gone. But a camera with macro lenses does not allow me falling deep into personal thougths. We are scanning the forest together with my little doughter. We are looking for something small and interesting. Tiny mushrooms growing on old trees. Snails, spiders, flies. And we find this little spider web holding beautiful drops of mist. It's only a centimeter wide, but it looks almost alien when magnified. She urges me to go further.
When I was a child I was determined to become a biologist. It was a true dream. I was working hard for years, every weekend going on foot to explore the beautiful forest on the outskirts of my city, in any weather conditions. There were no unread books on any subject in biology both at the school and city libraries, and I was hunting valuable new books on any subject in biology at the bookstores at that time.
One day when I was about 17 years old, I found a few books on bugs at a local bookstore. That was an insane success. These books have been following me through difficult and bright times to these days. Not only to teach me about bugs (I still know almost nothing about them), but to remind and inspire me to take action on what is important to me now.
I have never seen a caddis fly like this before. There were quite a lot of them by the creek today, so they should have been hatching very recently. I was looking for some similar caddis fly online, and it seems to be a species looking more like Ironoquia genus or Rhadicoleptus alpestris. It would be great to ask entomologists what they think. Location: Lithuania, Vilnius district. Maybe this september’s caddis is simply new to me, which is still awesome.
We stand strong
In never ending
We create time
“Together” (2019) is a new lo-fi ambient song from the “Forest Ambience” project. Here you can see and hear a live playing synthesizer that is using generative music techniques to modulate sound and make separate melodies become slightly different, breathing, moving during each loop. Recorded in Nida, Lithuania, using Korg Electribe and Roland R-01 sound recorder.
Is what grabs attention
Is where they live
I could say that
Like creeks, forests and clouds
Give me fulfillment, meaning
But the truth is
That there’s nothing simple about
All the magic
When human consciousness
Meets the unspeakable
Finds me looking into the water
And I enjoy it simple
Felt and present
Performed without a need
To sound great
To be better
I simply am
Cold and fresh water
Full of living beings
Dreaming under the stones
Or hunting above them
Trouts are standing still
With almost no effort
In fast moving water
I have so much
To learn from them
Picture: Brown trout (Salmo trutta).
A lifelong quest. Sometimes it can be felt in the moments like this, when running water becomes time, when genetic geometry is representing itself as separate species, yet the process of life and death tells a story that nothing lasts. The Nature itself touches my body and soul then. And life continues.
Symbiosis is a close and long-term biological interaction between two different biological organisms. It forms between various species of trees and fungi, plants and insects, humans and gut bacteria. This is a very deep and fascinating topic.
Happy to share “Symbiosis” (2018) music video. 🎛🌲🍄🦉
This is another minimal ambient video that I recorded in beautiful Lithuanian nature.
Mycelium is the main part of a fungus, and now it is known that animals derived from them. Mycelium creates life where it was not possible before. More than 50% of all soil is made of living or dead mycelium. Mycelium turns rock into soil, so plants can grow and animals can live on new land. Mycelium cleans the environment from the toxic material and turns dead plants and animals into the soil so that new life can thrive. The largest known living organism in the world is a 2200 years old mycelium the size of 9.7 km² in Oregon, USA. It’s possible that fungus is a life form with the best karma on Earth.
I have started experimenting with minimal ambient music this year, and this is my new adventure that I enjoy so much. The first video was recorded by the river Dūkšta, a few hundred meters away from my tiny house.
Early spring. Nature is waking up after the winter, and she is well rested. First flowers of the April are starting to blossom, but at this time you can only feel how leaves will be soon bursting all around. The natural ecosystem is rich with life and death. But now it’s a new beginning.