Jewelled Beetle video

In 2013 SOUNDICIAN released ‘Insects’ – a departure from previous releases, as it is one 28 minute track consisting of several pieces of music interwoven representing a variety of insects. This piece is meant to be played and listened to as a whole and has never been released as separate tracks. It still has all the hallmarks of a SOUNDICIAN release – multi-layered, ambient, evolving soundscapes.
The pieces of music in order are –
Stag Beetle
Jeweled Beetle
Hoverflies and Bees
Luna Moth
Black Spots

Due to its’ length, I always felt that it would be great to try and create a video to go with the music – not for commercial purposes but solely as an artistic endeavour. I was never able to find the right images or film to work with, until I discovered the work of Peter Kuttner –

I had some video created via trawling the web free sites like OrangeHD but it was not until I came across Peter Kuttners’ project – The Biodiversity of Tamborine Mountain, Australia – that I eventually saw the hope of ever finishing this huge project.

In Peter Kuttners’ own words –

Since 1998 I have been creating a video artwork celebrating the biodiversity of one small place on earth… Tamborine Mountain.
My artwork documents the exceptional biodiversity of Tamborine Mountain. Amid subtropical rainforest in South East Queensland, Australia, a thriving community lives cheek by jowl with a species-rich flora and fauna whose sustainability is threatened by population growth and global warming.
I film the range of species from lichen and minute bugs to mighty rainforest trees visible to the unaided eye on Tamborine Mountain by day and by night…

…To acknowledge the wondrousness of their very existence by showing what they look like as clearly as I can and to give people a sense of the unfathomable variety of living things to be found in this one small place on earth. Nothing about a species is more remarkable than the fact that it exists. I film species simply because they and I are alive on earth together.
Taken from Biodiversity of Tamborine Mountain, Australia –

Peter Kuttners’ Vimeo channel has a wide range of short films showing the variety of flora and fauna of Tamborine Mountain and they are downloadable under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (ccBy 3.0) Licence –

Under this licence, I used films of A variety of Beetles found on Tamborine Mountain, some shot in macro. I selected sections and added digital processes to gain the overall look of the video, which relates to my original artwork created for the ‘Insects’ cd in 2013.

Keep in mind that this is real time film and it shows the Beetles scurrying, stretching and breathing in minute detail.

Jewelled Beetle is the second film clip / sample of the overall film which I have been working on for over a year and I hope to have finished this year – 2016. The final film I hope to show as part of a live performance of Insects, hopefully next year.
Odette Johnson

Peter Kuttner Films used for ‘Jewelled Beetle’ –
Soapberry Beetle, Scarab Beetles, Leaf Beetle, Bronze Orange Beetle and Eucalyptus Beetle.

Many thanks to Peter for giving permission to use his film clips of insects, enabling me to finally see this project being completed after so long.

External Links –

Peter Kuttner Vimeo Channel –
The Biodiversity of Tamborine Mountain –
Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Licence –
Insects (2013) – SOUNDICIAN –


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