Eternal Resonance

Did you know that when two objects are tuned to the same frequency and one vibrates, if the second comes within range, it too will start to vibrate? That if you place mechanical clocks next to each other, their pendula will synchronise?

Resonance... this startling phenomenon occurs all around us with musical instruments, tides and even astronomy.

“When theelectron vibrates, the universe shakes!” the astrophysicist Sir Arthur Eddington said. And what if we were also able to resonate with those we love to feel them near?

Eternal Resonance, the last chapter in a trilogy that began with Childhood Amnesia and continued with Human Constellation, looks at resonance and its ultimate vibration, love. In this film, the love between a grandmother and granddaughter.

It was natural that a film about resonance could only be a musical.

A considerable amount of work went into the sound design. Sounds were used from a Theremin (a musical instrument, the particularity of which is to produce music without being touched by the musician), overtone singing, white noise, Ozark harp and mantras. For the image, different techniques were used so that it would “resonate” at certain moments.

We also used archive footage to illustrate the phenomenon of resonance and used drawings to reproduce the Chladni patterns, geometrical shapes made by sound vibrations.

The Indians say that the world is sound (nada brahma). In the beginning, was there not the wave of creation? We too vibrate, unconsciously looking for those on the same wavelength as us. And what if the invisible, immaterial world was within the reach of our vibrations? If it was just a matter of finding the way to tune to it? Then, perhaps, we would realise that the departed have never left and remain forever by our side.