Hello everybody !!!

I hope you are all fine.

Tonight, I spent an almost sleepless night. I am currently living in a student's home, and yesterday was BIIIG party night. I had gone to the cinema in the evening to avoid all the noise a little - my windows have almost no acoustic isolation, so even when people just talk in the little courtyard outside I hear them almost as if they were inside my room ... so imagine when a big party is going on ...

But at some point you do have to come home ... which is obviously earlier than student parties end :-)

So, I wondered: what to do ?? It was too loud to sleep, too loud to work or to read ... So I decided to look for silence by plugging my headphones into my computer, opening up Garage Band, and making a song there ... "Looking for Silence" :-) Long time since I made my last song ...

I was also in this mood of looking within, finding this space within ourselves which is not conditioned by outside manifestations. Indeed, I had watched Pedro Almodovar's "La Piel que Habito" ("The Skin I Live In") just before and had reflected on it on my walk home through the Brussels night. Initially, I did not really feel like seeing that movie as Almodovar is not really my cup of tea. But a friend told me that the movie is on identity, art, Yoga ... so I decided to give it a try. I have mixed feelings about the movie, but it does raise a few deep questions: Who are we? What is the relationship between "we" and the "skin we live in" ? How to experience freedom or space in situations where lots of things are imposed on us from outside and that can be very claustrophobic. Is it possible to find freedom in prison? In our bodies that we may not have chosen? Are we not all somehow emprisoned by the world? But are there also ways of being free there?

So, I thought about our space within, this space that is always open and is never completely blocked by the situations through which it manifests. It is inside of us. At the same time we can witness it around us. Whenever I see space I am reminded of it ... and this is probably one reason I love to watch out of the window so much while flying. Watching the clouds and the world from above gives you this feeling of space and of being "above the clouds", above the limitations and constraints that hold us down.They are still there, but when you look down on them, you are not at their mercy anymore, and they just paint a beautiful scenery in front of your eyes.

So, I remembered the cloud photographs I took last december when I had to go for a short journey to Barcelona. I had wanted to make a little video on the clouds from Brussels to Barcelona and back and to share some of these beautiful, grandiose and tranquile inspirations.

Well, with my new song "Looking for Silence", I now had the soundtrack, so I set out to make this little video "The Silence Within". It is about the skies, the clouds, the beautiful Pyrenee mountains and all the heavenly landscapes and inhabitants ... Amongst others, I even met a little dragon on my journey ... Do you also spot some inhabitants of the above in the video ??

I hope you will enjoy "The Silence Within".

Good and beautiful silent inspirations to all of you :-)

Christoph

PS: How much I would wish to know something about music. I will definitely have to find some time to devote to learning music, so that I can really freely express my inspirations through sound :-) ... As the nowhere man repeats in "Yellow Submarine": "So little time, so much to know ..."

PS bis: If you like clouds and flying through the skies, you may also enjoy "Floating Home": vimeo.com/26856325 :-)

(14/10/2011)

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