'Wait' by Hobby Horse
this is a playlist of Hobby Horse, a collective, experimental jazz trio based in Italy. The first song on the playlist was just released, and has an interesting backstory which I will share here:
This video was recorded just outside the center of Preci, a small Italian mountain town which was profoundly damaged by a series of earthquakes in central Italy in 2016. The town center is picture perfect from a distance, but upon approaching, the damage becomes evident. Many buildings are in danger of collapse, and as a result, the center has been declared a 'zona rossa': unsafe to visit, and thus off limits to residents and visitors alike.
Town residents were immediately relocated to temporary housing, but the principal activity of the town was tourism, and obviously this has been severely curtailed. As a result, the local economy has taken a drastic blow. Over the course of the last three years, the small, close-knit community of residents has begun to disperse, some moving to nearby towns, while others gradually relocated to other towns or cities throughout Italy. The danger of Preci becoming a ghost town is very real and immediate.
This music was recorded during a residency aimed at reinforcing the local community and developing cultural activities which would help encourage tourism and awareness of the situation. But the fact remains that rebuilding the town center will be a colossal task, and it is unclear whether there is political will or financing to make it possible.
The video was recorded with a Zoom Q2n 4k. Post production was done in Cinelerra (color correction) and Harrison Mixbus32C (audio mastering). Enjoy, and if you like the music please consider subscribing or commenting on Youtube, it really helps us!
For more info: www.hobbyhorse3.com
yeah it's pretty weird being in this beautiful city center with cracks in the buildings, weeds growing in the streets and absolutely no human-made sounds around. We'll be releasing another one in the next few weeks from the very center of the city, very strange and peaceful but eerie atmosphere. Please consider subscribing, and thank you for your support!
P.S. Any tips on improving the quality where more rapid movement occurs? I'm pretty sure I used a fairly high bitrate (6-8000) h264 with qscale=20, but for example the drummer's head swinging around 0:50 get pretty chunky...
I created the letterbox with Inkscape. It is a simply rounded curve. It only needs to be created once and is then cloned. It is inserted as the top track in Cinelerra, either via plugin or as a PNG graphic. The zoom works as usual in Compositor.
By the way, the free space between the feet of the saxophonist and the foundation of the lantern is perfect for the credits. A little text - but not as frayed as in "Helm" - and then perspective adjusted.
thanks for this, i will keep it on hand for future videos, this one is already in the wild and i don't think we'll redo it but your feedback is truly appreciated!