WATER RISING

Directed and produced by muireann de barra and aisling crudden 2011

co-composed with Gavin O'Brien

Water Rising is a feature length documentary about family, community, hope and change in Bolivia during an era of water privatisation. 

Filmed entirely in Bolivia, the film shares intimate portraits of people living in a ramshackle city where, despite an abundance of freshwater, they struggle for the right to access clean, safe and affordable water.

This was a great joy to work on, as it is always a pleasure to break out of the short film format or even shorter format of commercials. 

The music was for me, very influenced by the images I saw in the film. There is a great arc in the film, moving from despair to hope, and it was important to carry those feelings with the music. Sometimes the music was to provide simple background textures to the images, other times it was to drive the feelings that our subjects are expressing.

Most of the ambient pieces for this were done outside of the computer, using vintage digital samplers and multiple tape delay machines. Vocal textures were provided by Moira Averill, as well as viola. My occasional collaborator, Gavin O'Brien and myself, bounced ideas back and forth, working in tandem and often times crossing over into each other's pieces.