James stands in the centre of a wood-panelled studio, holding his acoustic guitar, which is connected via a cable to a powered pedalboard on the floor. He's a young man with short, ginger hair and stubble, wearing a dark collared shirt with its sleeves rolled up, fitted beige pants and dark lace-up shoes.
He begins to play, rhythmically plucking the strings at the end of the fretboard with his left hand while playing a melody further down the fretboard with his right hand.
He adds in some percussive sounds by slapping the strings on the fretboard and tapping the body of the guitar. In between bursts of melody he strums occasional chords.
He continues to alternate playing on the fretboard and on the body of the guitar, adding in percussive taps and knocks.
After a passage of vigorous playing, James slows the pace and nods his head a little while playing a ponderous interlude. Then he switches the melody to the fretboard while introducing a faster-paced backing rhythm on the strings.
He reintroduces the percussive knocks and taps on the wood of the guitar.
He ends the first part with a final strum on the fretboard, then he flicks a switch on the pedalboard with his foot and crouches down to pick up an EBow - a small electronic device that causes guitar strings to vibrate without being plucked.
Straightening up again, he carefully positions the device with its glowing blue light over one of the guitar's strings, creating a haunting wail over which he plays a melody with his left hand on the fretboard.
Closing his eyes, he appears to lose himself in the music.
After the introductory passage he puts the EBow back on the floor and repeats the gentle melody on the fretboard while strumming the strings over the body of the guitar.
James nods while plucking out the lingering notes of the reflective tune.
As the piece nears its end, James closes his eyes while lightly picking out the final rippling notes, then he stands back, looking down at his guitar.
Fade to black.
Place & Perspective
Place and Perspective (composed in two parts respectively) explores what it is to experience loss. Place navigates how it feels to be absorbed in loss and the longing for the impossible restoration of how things were. Perspective provides a moment for internal reflection. Moving past the chaos of loss, there is an opportunity to ponder your current position, where you have been and where you are going.