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Video: Sea Suite - 1. Sea Life

Music video. Sea Life - from Sea Suite by Bruce Paine

In 2007 New Zealand classical guitarist Bruce Paine was approached by underwater photographer Colin Gans with the idea of composing a piece for a digital slideshow presentation of images captured in Niue. The stunning underwater images proved to be an excellent catalyst for ideas that would form a new piece entitled Sea Life.  The work can be considered a type of tone poem that begins with the image of a diver sitting in a boat and commencing his dive with a “Backward Roll Entry” into the sea. The diver is surrounded by a momentary surge of bubbles and is soon swimming about. Gradually the scene beneath the waves is revealed and signs of life start to appear - small fish darting about, inquisitive grouper fish along with other fascinating and delicately beautiful creatures. Dissonant chords represent a large shark quietly passing by with its fins glinting in reflected sunlight from the surface. Surging arpeggios represent the awe-inspiring sight of a massive school of fish moving rapidly as one powerful entity. Eventually the diver’s underwater experience comes to an end and the final bars of the piece represent the return to the surface and daylight.