Downton Abbey music score and film to listen to and watch

Let me tell you the story of the must listen and watch Downton Abbey music score and film, which are both fascinating! I hope you will watch the film, or at the very least, watch the series listen to the soundtrack!

1. Downton Abbey Film Plot

First of all, it is a 2019 British historical period drama film written by Julian Fellowes, creator and writer of the television series of the same name.

Indeed, the film draws its plot from the Emmy Awarded series.

The film tells the story of a 1927 visit by the King and Queen to the Crawley family’s English country house in the Yorkshire countryside. As the Royal staff comes to Downton, an assassin has also arrived and attempts to kill the monarch. The family and servants pits against the royal entourage, including the Queen’s Lady-in-waiting who falls out with the Crawleys, especially the Dowager Countess, over an inheritance issue.

2. Downton Abbey HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

While the film is ‘a work of fiction’, it does inspire itself from the real history to create the main themes throughout the film.

Both the film and the series are primarily set in the gothic Highclere Castle in Hampshire, England. The castle’s earliest history dates back to 749. Charles Barry, commissioned by the 3rd Earl of Carnarvon in 1838, creates the castle we see today, with work beginning in 1842. George Herbert, 8th Earl of Carnarvon, a British peer, and his wife Lady Carnarvon (born Fiona Aitken) still inhabit the castle.

The film is already released in some countries, while other may have to wait, as per this schedule.  In some places, you may be lucky enough to view it in original version with subtitles.

Now, let me share you a little teaser, hoping it will motivate you to go and watch it!

3. Downton Abbey MUSIC SCORE

Furthermore, the reason why I also advise you to watch it, it is because the music score in itself is a masterpiece. It is a must-listen! The soundtrack to the new feature film Downton Abbey is scored by Scottish composer John Lunn. In a throwback to the ‘Roaring Twenties’, upbeat jazz arrangements appear alongside lavish waltzes, reflecting the popular styles of the day.

John Lunn drew inspiration from the actual story plot to follow the ups and downs of the characters to enhance the drama throughout the film.

Now, I’m sure you are impatient to listen to this BAFTA-nominated soundtrack!

4. downton Abbey themes

When you listen to music, it will strongly remind you of story themes and meanings, which are as follows:

Downton’s Theme: 0:003:26 – Main Theme Song

Branson and Sybil’s Theme: 3:265:12 (short) – A world of their own where there is no class divide

Downton Recurring: 5:127:09 – Drama – with gossip and betrayal

Carson’s Theme: 7:097:27 Carson believes in the old – fashioned ‘proper’ way

Mrs Hughes’ Theme: 7:277:43 – Mrs Hueghes is warm and loving as well as hard-working

Branson and Sybil’s Theme: 7:4312:38 – Portrays Tom’s love for Ireland and Sybil’s kindness and spirit

Bates and Anna’s Theme: 12:3814:33 (short)

Staff 14:33 – 15:16: Display of never-ending work

Whoever and Edith’s Theme: 15:1615:50 (short)

Bates and Anna’s Theme: 15:5018:03 – Symbolises their love even through the pain

Robert and Cora’s Theme: 18:0320:14 – With relation to the Downton theme, it represents tradition & formality

Bates and Anna’s Theme: 20:1421:12 (short)

Downton Recurring: 24:5828:20 – Happiness – Everything good of Downton Abbey

Matthew and Mary’s Theme: 28:2030:51 – Demonstrates Mary’s struggle with herself and Matthews support

Daisie’s Theme: 30:5132:42 – Shows how Daisy constantly wraps herself in her imagination

Violet’s Theme: 32:4234:34 – Highlights scandal and hate of change

Whoever and Edith’s Theme: 34:3435:36 – Spotlights Edith’s fight of her desperate and jealous nature for love

Matthew and Mary’s Theme: 35:3636:15 (short)

Downton Recurring: 36:1537:07 – Purity of misery and regret but with a glimpse of hope

Children of Downton: 37:0737:38 – This reflects Sybbie and George having both lost one of their parents

Matthew and Mary’s Theme: 37:3838:17 (short)

Downton Recurring: 42:1343:55 – Determination – Running away or rushing to fix a problem

Thomas’s Theme: 43:5546:43 – Reveals his turmoil with his dark nature and facing himself

Downton Recurring: 46:4348:51 – Sadness & darkness as the Crawley’s shy away from the truth

Rose’s Theme: 48:5150:17 – Exhibits her thrill from mystery but also dark thoughts of parents

Finally, if you prefer Spotify to Youtube, you can listen to and favourite it there!

Colombian Caribbean Festival 2019 at Mix’Art Myrys, Toulouse

Time is up, on 22nd June 2019, the Picós phenomenon, Caribbean Colombian Coast sound systems, invades Toulouse at Mix’Art Myrys!

Colombian Caribbean Music Festival

As a follow-up to  the French ‘fête de la musique’, several Toulousians communities offer to bring you on board of an immersive trip through the popular urban culture of the Colombian coast.

1. EVENT OVERVIEW

Firstly, let me give you an event overview:

la maquina musical del Caribe (the musical Caribbean machine),

– the ‘Hasta Abajo’ exhibition from the photographer Leslie Moquin,

– the live graff painting with Latino Graff,

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– a music set compiled by DJ Galletas Calientes and local DJ No Breakfast. They are meeting for the first time on stage!

2. DJs PRESENTATION

Secondly, let’s talk about the tropical DJ Galletas Calientes (Colombia/France) coming directly from the Caribbean Colombian Coast for everyone’s delight!

►►Galletas Calientes Records label creator, he honours us as a DJ within the ‘Mas I Mas’ Parisian community since the middle of the 1990s. Techno/Drum and bass DJ at first, he is also currently interested in the traditional folk and electro music fusion…
Since he lives in Colombia, his music culture is enhanced with Latin and tropical rhythms. He collaborates with labels and artists at the forefront of the Colombian stage such as:

  • Systema Solar,
  • Meridian Brothers,
  • Palenque Records,
  • Sonidos Enraizados…

For this festival, he offers you a trip through frenzied rhythms around a set coming directly from the best Picós of the Colombian Caribbean Coast!

And with him, the unmissable and legendary local DJ No Breakfast we no longer introduce due to his reputation of vinyl’s digger and music nights entertainer in the pink town of Toulouse.

►► DJ No Breakfast offers us a wonderful Caribbean set on his vinyl collector discs.

3. PROGRAMME

Then let’s move on to a more detailed programme.

►► 7 pm:

  • Champeta’ dance entertainment by Anika. Champeta is a Caribbean Colombian Music of African influence. I’m afraid I do not have videos of this, as I came to the event at 9 pm. But I have filmed their music performance!
  • A fresco from a collaboration between Colombian artist Soma and a local artist Natsvit.
  • ‘Hasta Abajo!’ is a series of street posters at the image of the Picó nights announcers. They are produced by the photographer Leslie Moquin in partnership with Locombia Festival.

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►► 9 pm: The ‘Picó’ documentary: the Caribbean music machine. It is about the ‘Picó’ culture, sound system from the Colombian Caribbean coast.

It is worth noting the film is a finalist at the Sundance London Film and Music Festival 2019. This highly recommended film has been produced by Roberto de Zubiria and Sergio Zaraza.

►►10.30 pm: DJs sets start

Colombian Caribbean Festival

►►12 pm: Video Mapping by Felipe Vargas, the Caribbean Mapper:

4. PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Thirdly, here is the overall programme of the main events:

  • 7-9 pm: Doors opening and Latino Graff Walls
  • 9 pm: Film screening
  • 10 pm: Champeta music
  • 10.30pm: DJ sets start
  • 12 pm: Video mapping.

Furthermore, please take note of the festival location:

Mix’Art Myrys, Rue Ferdinand Lasalle 43, Toulouse.

Also, what else to find?

  • refreshment and catering areas
  • market stalls of Colombian Caribbean souvenirs such as these dolls:

Colombian Caribbean Festival

5. Organisers and partners

Finally, a big thank you to all the following partners who made this festival possible!

 

Groove festival at La Cartoucherie Exhibition Hall, Toulouse

First of all, are you ready for the most epic Groove  festival? I surely hope so!

After having played groove music in a good few cultural bars in Toulouse, the Groove Festival Box 2 #FeelingGrooveFestival invites the whole family and thinks big!

Groove music and arts festival

1. The location

Besides, the Groove Festival is organised at La Cartoucherie market building and exhibition hall, a now well-known third place by Toulousians.

La Cartoucherie La Cartoucherie

2. THE PROGRAMME

Then, you can find the following entertainment activities during the weekend of 22nd and 23rd june 2019 for only 5 Euros:

    • Roller disco (3 € for rollerskates rental)
    • 100% women hip-hop dance battles
    • Graffitis, Street art and painting exhibitions
    • Sculptures
    • Live painting
    • Live music.

3. STREET ARTS EXHIBITION WALLS

Additionally, for the occasion, exhibition walls Bullet Factory from ExpoCity by Cisart are visible all day long for free! This is one of the last occasions to admire the graff collective exhibition from 40 artists. They are present since November 2018 on more than 1000 squaremeters walls in the Cartoucherie exhibition hall.

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4. PHOTO EXHIBITION

Furthermore, there is also a photo exhibition unrelated to the festival called ‘Ce que je suis‘. It is also a collaborative project presented by inhabitants from Brax, Cugnaux, L’Union et Launaguet (towns surrounding Toulouse).

It is a reflection on our self-image/persona and how we would like to be seen by others. The project offers us two outlooks of the same person.

However, please note that I have only attended some of the Saturday sessions. So, let me go through that day programme and events I attended :

Groove music and arts festival

Groove music and arts festival

2pm : Roller Disco opening with ASTR Rollerdance Toulouse, Ekyoz, Ortz

2pm: Opening of arts exhibitions (not on walls) from Marion Neira-Faro, Massa Anthropo-Anima and sculptures workshops from the arts schools Le Maillet d’ébène and  L’ABCS Sculpture.

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3pm : Live music from WAB and the Funky Machine for the roller disco

4pm: Open Mic opening with Lapin Passion and the beatboxers from the beatboxing battle

6pm: Battle opening with Dax Santos MC

7.30pm: Rap and Beat Box Interlude with Dax Santos and Paolo.

5. PRACTICAL INFORMATION AND DIRECTIONS

Finally, within the scope of the eco-neighbourhood, car parking on the public highways is voluntarily restricted. But , an Indigo parking is located 200 meters from the exhibition hall.

In this respect, we strongly encourage you to come with Tisséo public transports, or your bike, scooter or skate to join us!

Tram Lines T1 & T2 – Arrêt Casselardit Stop
Bus Lines 45 and Linéo 2 – Casselardit Stop.

Pedestrian and bike access : avenue de Grande Bretagne, then Casselardit tram stop, then go to towards the Charpark alley and Thomas Dupuy street in direction to the market building. Access to Thomas Dupuy street (parking at 200m).

Sol y Fiesta International Street Festival in Leucate Village, France (2019)

Sol y Fiesta International Street Festival

First of all, Sol y Fiesta is an international street festival organised every year in Leucate, South West of France during the first weekend of June.

But I have only attended this year’s edition.  Nonetheless, it was a truly enjoyable sunny, lively and busy day with so many people coming all the way from Spain or the surrounding of Leucate to join the Sol y Fiesta festival.

I will obviously share with you what I have recorded rather than the whole programme as I want you to feel part of it!

1. Brass Bands

So, like every year, there are many brass bands playing in the streets. I admit I didn’t film or take many pictures of these, as there are little more commonplace in other street festivals.

However, I did film one, it’s the Latin 66 brass band partnered with World Fusion charity. The Latin Art 66 is a South American music band. The company interprets musical and artistic arrangements by walking down the streets with singers-guitarists, brass and traditional instruments such as Peruvian pan flutes and charango (lute). They keep you dancing and singing until exhaustion!

I hope you enjoy the video!

2. The flying piano

Then, you could enjoy this original set up for an international show parade, i.e a piano up in the air floating while a lady is playing it! This pianist plays live classic and Disney melodies to the enthusiasm of her audience!

Here are a couple of picture and videos I’m sharing with you below.

Flying Piano.jpg

 

3. Las Falleras

Additionally, the pianist is accompanied by ‘Las Falleras’, queens celebrating spring, that come purposefully to the festival all the way from Valencia, Spain. They are all wearing their traditional costumes. 

Las Falleras

4. Les Irréels – The fictionary characters’ theatre company 

Besides these shows, there is this theatre performance created in 2013 consisting of 15 hybrid characters in 12 unique plastic worlds.

The unreal characters are a people parallel to humans; we do not know if it is a millennial civilisation, a futuristic tribe or an unknown species.

Have they lived with us forever without us being able to meet them? Are they the hybrid image of our future mutation?

Their activities are hopes tending towards the world around us. Like the ‘Childhood Pamperer’ who opens the door of our past recklessness, the ‘Absentees’ guide’ who connects us to our disappeared or deceased closed members, the ‘Heart Warmer’ of winters that cuddles our moments of sadness or the ‘Heart Mender’ who repairs our loves, each one of them works for daydreaming and states of being.

In a camp of fifteen huts, the characters evolve in strong and singular plastic universes. This wordless performance happens in the heart of the city and everyone’s daily life, offering a moment hanging on between imaginations and questioning, to connect us to ourselves.

Here is a slideshow showing the different huts and themes. 

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You can view a short video of the absentees’ guide below:

Two main parades close off the Sol y Fiesta day: Pegasus Tale and Constellations – Zodi’act.

5. Pegasus tale parade

Sol y Fiesta festival

Gods and men, Pegasus and those he led to other universes. Towards Cassiopeia, towards Aldebaran, he is apparently a great white horse … Pegasus, the messenger of the Olympus Gods. Pegasus, with silver wings, leading forgotten stars to other constellations…

Open your eyes! Look at the sky! Watch them come over…

A light and airy dancer … a metallic sky like wings … divine Diva, Cassiopeia leading the stellar parade of Pegasus and its stars.

The crew for this parade show is made of 1 driver, 2 technicians, 1 acrobat, 1 lyrical singer on self-propelled structure, 2 waders, 2 percussionists, 1 dancer, 1 director.

6. Constellations – Zodi’Act

Finally, discover an aerial universe combining beauty and grace in a ballet of air inflated and aerial animals that will surprise you … The 12 constellations of the Zodiac are represented carried by men in the form of air and aerial inflated giants.

This parade is filled with poetry, impressive volumes and technicians with shimmering costumes.

Give free rein to your dreams as the Constellations go by!

To finish off, along the way to these last parades, there are lots of open shops, restaurants and stalls with items on sale like the ones below.

Sol y Fiesta festival

 

 

Diversity Festi’couleurs 2019: fashion, dance shows and dance battles

I attended on Saturday 30th March 2019 the festival Festi’ Couleurs at Exhibition Park in Toulouse, France.

There are two more events to come in May 2019!

Diversity Festi'couleurs 2019

1. About the festival and its organisers

Association Kirikou Evènements (A.K.E) organises every year Festi’ Couleurs, the diversity festival around spring in the Exhibitions Park from Toulouse.

Indeed, the events offer to the public a large range of people, cultural diversity in a friendly atmosphere and a sense of togetherness and sharing.

Furthermore, Festi’ Couleurs’ purpose is:

  • to highlight the rich cultural diversity of the region
  • to ensure the promotion of arts and unknown or underrepresented country cultures.

Besides, the festival allows collecting donations (school supplies, IT equipment, clothes, medicines…) for their various international solidarity actions.

2. Entertainment offered

Additionally, you can find at the festival:

  • Afrobeat dance battles
  • Artistic shows (dancing, singing, circus arts…)
  • Fashion shows
  • Entertainment (children shows)
  • Exhibition village (craftspeople, associations…)
  • African and Caribbean food.

A.K.E partnered with Canal+, Univers Voyages, Ramdam, Toulouse Library, Battle Afro, Occitanie Region.

3. Fashion Show

At first, I filmed one of the fashion shows, collection from Tout Mimi. She creates clothing and accessories’ lines for both men and women.

Diversity Festi'couleurs 2019

I hope you will enjoy this video:

4. Artistic dance performance

Then, I divided the Madagascan dance video performance into 3 parts. To view the second and third videos, click on the small arrow on the right-hand side of each video.

5. Afrobeat dance battles

Finally, I recorded the Afro Battles qualifications. The dance winners of each category are qualified for the French final in Paris with the best European dancers. You can find snippets of them below.

  • Women battle

To view the second video, click on the small arrow on the right-hand side of the video.

  • Men battle
  • Dancing duet

Triple Ess – Jamaican dancehall recording artist looking for collaborations

TRIPLE ESS EARLY BEGINNINGS

First of all, Solomon Samuel Salmon, known as Triple Ess, was born on 16th December 1989, in Portland Jamaica and raised in Portmore, St. Catherine. He is a multi-talented Audio Engineer, Record Producer and Recording Artist.

Triple Ess discovers music early on through school barbeques, class parties and fêtes while attending Bridge Port High School in Portmore St. Catherine. He frequently visits recording studios such as JR Records owned by reggae superstar JR Reid. While visiting the studio, he discovers his true calling. He then begins his journey to become an Audio Engineer.

Triple Ess

AUDIO ENGINEER CAREER

Then, after 9 years of hard work and dedication in the music industry, Triple Ess truly hones his Audio Engineering skills. By 2014, Triple Ess becomes a Senior Audio Engineer at the world-renowned recording studio Mixing Lab owned by the legendary Ezroy Francis.

It is important to note that Triple Ess has worked with veteran Producers and Artists such as:

  • Clive Hunt “VP Records”
  • Bulby “Fat Eyes Production”
  • Junior Reid
  • Gyptian
  • GinJah
  • Anthony Red Rose
  • Konshens
  • Lukie D
  • Jah Cure just to name a few.

Triple Ess

SINGER CAREER 

But his story only begins. In 2015, he is introduced to Beres Hammond by Clive Hunt to collaborate on a joint project between Harmony House and VP Records. Triple Ess takes his inspiration from the music of the Reggae Legends he works closely with. After receiving encouragements from Mr Hammond who told him “Kid, follow yuh dreams, yuh hear?”, he then pays more attention to his own vocals.

Additionally, after recording, mixing and editing, Triple Ess re-connects with where his musical journey began. In October 2016, he decides to put some focus back on his own voice. He works on new music. He creates his own beats and records his own vocals.

RECORDED MUSIC

Furthermore, in 2016 and 2017, he releases his first two EPs:

  • Jamaican Dancehall’ on 9th November
  • The Mainstream’ on 17th January.

With a team of professionals, Triple Ess plans to continue to unleash great music that will help to bring fun and happiness to the world.

Now, you can listen to his two most recent audio tracks ‘Summer Party’ and ‘All We Need is Love’ below:

Finally, if you would like to purchase his albums or songs, check his website.

To collaborate, get in touch with him by:

Email: s.salmon407@gmail.com

Phone : 1 876 407 1901.

 

 

Word Up Gala, a hip-hop and spoken word festival at Bernard Shaw

On Sunday 18th February 2018, I came across an event information about Word Up Gala, a hip-hop and spoken word festival in Dublin through my regular event guide newsletter. Since I had no particular plans, I decided to head off to it in the evening.

Word Up Gala poster

Like all events I have been to so far at the Bernard Shaw, I really enjoyed it! ♥ It showcased beautifully different hip-hop artists, both singers and DJs. 🎤

I have recorded the performances I watched that night.

The first Word Up Gala performance was from the singer-songwriter King David (David Phillips) who sang and did some spoken word, too.

King David

King David is a 20-year-old hip-hop/grime artist from Hackney, London.

He has spent most of his life in Dublin, Ireland. He considers himself an inspirational and uplifting musician who seeks to inspire young people with his personal experiences.

If you like his music, you can follow him on Instagram. You can also book him through his website.

For both video and audio to play, click on the image. You can add all audio tracks in this post to your Audiomack playlist or download them for free.

The second Word Up Gala performance was from singer-songwriter Zachary Ajala aka Sequence.

Sequence

Zach was born on 23rd July 1996 in London, in the suburbs of Greenwich. Zach has both Nigerian and French backgrounds. He then moved to Ireland at the age of 5, where he was raised.  

In 2011, Zach started writing lyrics under the “lil Zach” name. In August 2012, he changed his name to”Sequence” and decided to become a rapper. He said he has been influenced by rappers such as Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Asap Rocky and Hopsin.

In 2011, Zach had a lot of lyrics but did not have anything to record with. In May 2012 he released his first single Called “It’s On”. 

If you like his music, you can follow him either on Facebook or Instagram.

Finally, I live streamed via the last DJ playing at the event.

DJ D.O.G is an Irish DJ from Dublin, who has played for different radio stations such as Classic Hits 4FM, Sunshine 106.8, FM104, Q102.

He also plays in many pubs and nightclubs in Dublin, and on regular basis in:

  • Everleigh Garden, Dublin (Resident – Wednesdays & Fridays)
  • Zozimus Bar, Dublin (Resident – Twice a month)
  • Brick Lane, Cork (Resident – Once a month).

You can follow DJ D.O.G on FacebookInstagram or YouTube.

And you, have you attended this event? If so, if you would like your pictures of videos to be featured in this post, email them to hello@emelinejonet.com. Alternatively, you can paste the link(s) directly in the comment box below.

Fehdah band: Live Show, Niwel Tsumbu Sounds and Afrobeat Club

FEHDAH BAND

First of all, I won tickets for the Fehdah band live show with Niwel Tsumbu Sounds and Afrobeats Club in February 2018.

It was a lively and entertaining night with afro music ruling it!

OPENING ACT

Secondly, the night started with guest Niwel Tsumbu. He is a Congolese guitarist playing sounds derived from rhumba, soukous, jazz, etc.

On that night, Irish djembé player Eamonn Cagney accompanied him.

If you like his music, like his Facebook fan page or follow him on Instagram.

Fehdah band

MAIN ACT

Then, came the main act, Fehdah and her live soulful afrobeat band.

Fehdah’s band lead and singer, Emma Garnett, previously sang for the Manden Express band. However, she recently concretised her dream to create her own afro neo-soul band.

If you like her music, like her Facebook fan page.

Fehdah band

Last but not least, here are the audio recordings of:

If you like DJ Jay’s music, follow him on his Facebook page!

Fehdah band

Finally, enjoy the last video of DJ Jay Ireland!

Dance2Connect international urban festival Dublin 2018

What is Dance2Connect?

First of all, Dance2Connect is an International Urban Dance Festival, which ran over 3 days early February 2018.

All the more so, the festival showcased:

  • dance theatre
  • masterclasses
  • dance battles
  • social dance
  • live jams.

Dance2Connect programme

Furthermore, the festival was curated by dance artist Matt Szczerek as well as presented by himself and Matthew Williamson.

What is Dance2Connect’s mission?

Secondly, the festival’s mission is to preserve and strengthen urban dance in our communities through Hip-Hop culture and dance theatre’s elements.

Indeed, the festival creates opportunities for the dance community to learn the intricacies of the dance form.

As far as learning it, they can do so through:

  • workshops
  • performances
  • exchanges with high-quality Eu professional dancers.

What were the Dance2Connect’s partners?

Thirdly, the festival organisers partnered with Tallaght Community Arts. Additionally, they received support from Noise Dublin and South Dublin County Council.

As yet, in order to keep up-to-date with their next festival, like their Facebook fan page.

Dance2Connect shows and partners
So, now, let me start sharing with you the dance theatre shows running order:

Dance2Connect theatre shows running order

DANCE2CONNECT LIVE RECORDINGS

So, I filmed some of the dance theatre acts. Keep in mind that these YouTube and Instagram videos are in portrait mode. Consequently, I recommend you to watch them on your mobile phone.

For that, wait few seconds for the Instagram videos to load.  Then, click on the images to play the videos. I hope you will still enjoy these snippets.

In addition to these shows, there was also a Q&A between the dancers and the public.  You can see its overall picture below.

Dance2Connect Q&A session

To top it up, this first day ended with a live jam. You can enjoy the below audio-only track from it.

Last but not least, the second day of the festival focused on dance workshops by professional dancers from different hip-hop styles.

Dance2Connect workshops

Then, the festival was wrapped up with dance battles.

Finally, the following live streams come from Ibrahim Kennedy. He has filmed some of the judges’ showcases and dance battles.

And now, let’s get down to the battles between the different participants:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Music video editing tips from Tony Kearns at DubWeb Festival

During the DubWeb Festival (now called the London Short Series), I attended two talks by:

  • a panel of filmmakers and distributors on the crowdfunding topic
  • Tony Kearns on the music video editing topic.

Tony Kearns is a freelance video editor based in Dublin (Ireland), who works for local and international production companies and projects around music video editing. He also edits videos for commercials, films and documentaries.

Tony Kearns, video editor

Photo Credits: Renate Canga – Website: http://www.rens-lens.com/ 

He talked about the challenges of video editing projects and how to make the videos appealing to the viewers. He mainly highlighted few video editing techniques to follow to make music videos more captivating.

First of all, as regards to the music video editing projects themselves, there is never enough time and money to make the best videos. So when working on such projects, it is best to keep this into consideration and be open to different projects.

Furthermore, when you receive a script for a video editing project from the production company directors, it is generally very vague. So, to resolve this issue, what you should start with is listening to the track, and see what will work with that sound and how to make both sound and visual sync.

Then, you must focus on keeping the audience hooked throughout the whole video so that they don’t stop watching it after a minute or so.

For that purpose, you may:

  1. create a video striking an emotional response by telling a story
  2. fix and stitch things together while editing a track
  3. follow the music patterns, especially the drum base
  4. compose visual samples that may be repeated throughout the song
  5. work with quick cuts throughout the track
  6. integrate different elements into videos to make them sounds like a music soundtrack, i.e visuals, sounds, dialogues and movements
  7. Use different devices for filming, i.e smartphone, video recorder…and make them all part of the same track.

Tony provided us with some good examples of videos showcasing different filming and sound elements.

Examples of quick cuts or cut through:

  • ‘Restless’ by Louis Berry, directed by Finn Keenan (folk/pop music)
  • ‘Know About Me’ by Ryan De La Cruz (hip-hop)

Examples of visual samples repeated throughout the track:

  • ‘Die Antwoord’ by Fatty Boom Boom (afro-punk)
  • ‘Are You Trending’ by Vessels (electro)

Example of integration of different sound and visual elements to make it sound like a soundtrack:

  • ‘Cut The World’ by Antony and the Johnsons (ballad).

Here are more examples of video editing works.

If you would like to collaborate with Tony Kearns on a project, visit his website.