The RIYAZ MASTER PROJECT is an experimental non-narrative road movie filmed in India inspired by the cultural, economic and spiritual context that we discovered on our voyage .
This video approaches an abstract and futuristic vision of the complex matrix called Indian nation. Our former explorations around the old industrial landscapes and the filthy fertile environments led me to imagine the possibilities of the development of a future India. Our search for the elusive electronic tabla machine, the Riyaz Master, brought us on a journey through the breathtaking landscapes from Auroville to Kolkata, Varanasi to Bhopal.
Some of the sequences include Aghori Nauminath a member of Aghora (an extremely secretive sect of Hinduism) filmed along the Ganga, being the only human appearance in this film; the rests of Durga idols (the supreme goddess, embodiment of femenine and creative energy ) inmersed in the water along the Hooghly river in Kolkata and the Matrimandir, the spiritual centre of the international community in Auroville.
Future Ethnic Comparative Research videoart & experimental electronic music LAB will release a 45m DVD with the images shot by Umabeecroft and the original electronic music composed by Sigmoon with some low tech indian electronic musical machines & cinematic sounds + the special collaboration of the japanese cyberpunk writer, Kenji Siratori for the spoken words.