Street Soundtracks occurred to me one evening as I walked down the empty main street in Vigo, Spain, and the music from a lone harpist filled the entire street with it's lonesome melody. Was it the piece of music he was playing that gave this feeling of loneliness and melancholy? Was it the mood I was in? Or was it the fact that the street was empty?
In this modern world many of us live our lives with an almost continuous soundtrack, played via headphones or on the car sound system, television or computer. However, this music is the same everywhere. It may vary according the mood we find ourselves in but it can in no way itself be influenced by the environment it is played in. Whereas this is the essence of street music, and all live music in fact.
So I began to explore this idea using my mobile phone to record street musicians and then overlay that with images from the street at that very moment in time - often with the musician/s still playing the same piece. The results are often beautiful, sometimes less so.
The videos are between around 45 seconds to 1m30 long and are quite roughly edited. Everything is recorded and edited on my phone, again often minutes after the recording. There are no rules as such, just my own self-imposed guidelines; the images are recorded within minutes of the audio recording, and the images must come from the immediate surroundings (i.e. within earshot).
I hope you enjoy them and they serve as some sort of recognition of the music and musicians that so often accompany us in our daily lives.