In October 2013, a trip to the spectacular Ajanta and Ellora ancient caves in the state of Maharastra, India catalyzed a new integration of my creative expression through video, poetry, photography, and music. I call this work Video Tone Poems™ (VTPs). A tone poem is classically defined as a piece of orchestral music, usually in one movement, on a descriptive or rhapsodic theme.

I believe the Video Tone Poems™ may be a new auteur genre, using all the visual, poetic, and musical tools and technologies to express a unified vision of one individual's expression in multiple creative arts. Of course, living in the isolation of Behta Pani/Flowing Waters (our Himalayan retreat), I may be deluded or perhaps watching my shadow reflecting on my studio walls…while Plato laughs.

My two first pieces, Ajanta: Small Universe and Ellora: Living Myths, The Hindu Caves, were completed in January 2014. During the summer of 2014, I worked on 12 more. The VTPs will focus on three Message categories: (1) Spiritual Messages, which will reflect on universal spiritual concepts, with some being strongly influenced by Indian spiritual ideas and cultural sites, (2) Natural Messages, portraying my experience of Nature, especially in the pristine environment of our home in the Himalayas, and (3) Afflicted Messages, which are meditations on the human condition, the environment, and technology, all interacting in this, The Age of Anthropocene (described as the global impacts of human behavior which include climate change, species invasion and extinction, etc.). I am also including a precursor/early VTP, Embracing Earth: Natural Rhythms that was done in 1997. It was the introduction to a CD-ROM, Embracing Earth: Global Change, which my company, InterNetwork Media Inc. created and published for high school and college students.

Some of the poems used in the VTPs are found in my books,The World in You, and You in the World,

I have drawn on the tone poem musical form and expanded it into a conceptual and meditative collage that hopes to stop/engage the viewer in the roar of our 24/7 lives… and in that brief moment allow a connection to the higher wisdoms emanating from Spirit and Nature and how that mirrors our existential challenges.

Spiritual Messages
Natural Messages
Afflicted Messages
Review of Entropic Void on
VTPs Official Selections

VideoTonePoems DVD available on Amazon

VideoTonePoems Suite II – 2016
VideoTonePoems Suite I – 2014

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