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This is a collaborative piece of music with the pianist Tom Hodge, with a video created by Susi Sie. It forms part of the Emergence LP and visual show. The Emergence story is built around the idea of natural laws which give rise to the world we live in. This particular chapter of the story delves into the ineffable side of the process of emergence, and the almost mythical nature of some areas of science.

Scientific ideas should be falsifiable and demonstrable irrespective of who is performing the tests. Most of the foundations of science are made solid with these principles, but much of modern science sits on more shaky ground as it becomes harder and harder to test new ideas.

Often these untested or untestable ideas are the most exciting and exotic, so they enter popular knowledge, and while being part of science, have a lot in common with myth and dogma. The idea of emergence also involves an unexpected, or unknown outcome, resulting from a simple defined system - it’s a principle that specifically points out when we’re surprised about how a system functions. I wanted to try and capture this mysterious feeling musically, and apply it to part of the visual story which sits outside of our knowledge - the part where we (the audience) fall into the black hole.

Susi Sie is an artist from Berlin who specialises in filming secret combinations of different liquids with beautiful results. I thought that could be a nice way of unscientifically presenting what it might be like inside a black hole with light bending and warping under the influence of extreme gravity. Amongst other things, she also made the 'Beginning Of Life' section of the Opening Ceremony for the 2016 Olympics.

Susi Sie
A few years ago I came across Max Cooper's music videos and was fascinated by the deep merge of music and visuals.

I felt very honoured when Max Cooper asked me to produce a music video for his and Tom Hodges track 'Myth'. To fit the mood of the track, I created constantly changing pattern by exploring the reactions of diverse liquid mixtures. I used the colour red as well as black and white nuances to express the mystic and beauty of the track.

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