Henry II Atonal Torment (From Michael Cooke)
This piece, “Henry II Atonal Torment” takes its initial inspiration from a reaching suggestion of a possible blues within the foreboding atonal Gregorian chant film score the late great film composer John Barry created for the movie “The Lion in Winter”, starring Peter O’Toole. At least to my ear I ‘heard’ something that I always wanted to investigate. But it wasn’t until I began making some short video pieces that this additional video concept arose: why not take one of the most dramatic scenes from the original film and have it not be about Henry’s frustration and disappointment about his children but rather his frustration and disappointment not to have more melody in his life.
From the beginning of my shooting these videos in 2018 my dear friend and Subud brother Lauren, master extraordinaire here in Los Angeles has been editing the pieces and putting them up online. But for this piece in particular I had the welcome contribution of Adam DeBenedittis, another dear friend and brother, photographer, videographer, actor working behind the camera. With the creation of the candle-lit ambience and the Gregorian chant leaf displayed in the background as setting, Adam lit and shot the scene. And in post Lauren added my pre-recorded music.
Michael Cooke is a long-time “battler with the forces” Subud brother in Los Angeles, having hailed originally from New York. He is an actor, a clam-jumbled jazz piano player who at times lets chirp from his pipes an occasional warble. He is an erratic scribbler and sustains the all view regard of this wheel we all walk upon by wholly ascribing to Nietzche’s precept, “We have to regain the seriousness we had as a child at play.” As of this writing, he has produced since 2018 over thirty video pieces 2 to 4 minutes in length: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTh6cX8r7sBoEq1fqR67m6Q/videos