Beneath the Aurora is a compilation of ~45 minutes of aurora and nature timelapse footage from Alaska composed to ambient music from world-renown artists. It is the result of one man’s obsession with capturing the aurora and producing a piece of art that conveys a strong feeling of serenity, similar to what you would experience if standing in remote nature and watching the aurora unfold for yourself.
The video below has more information about the making of the film, including shooting locations and notes about timelapse photography. It is part of the extra material included on the DVD and Blu-ray.
Because the music is absolutely essential for the project it was picked carefully and without compromise. It is partly relaxing and meditative, partly intense; with a broad appeal but also an edge to evoke feelings. Not everybody will like it – check the demo page and judge for yourself. However, for those who do like it, watching the film can be a strong emotional experience.
The following tracks are featured in the film (full length):
To make the film a powerful experience you need the right setting, physically and mentally. The key is immersion, and your own ability to get absorbed by the music and scenery is most important. This is a matter of mindfulness: Staying focused on the film and paying attention to details. A large screen and good sound in an undisturbed dark room will make this all the easier and hence the film much more effective. In other words, a good home theater setup is ideal and makes a big difference.
Beneath the Aurora can be used as an audiovisual aid to meditation, for relaxation and stress relief and as visual art for events or home decoration. However, the primary purpose is to give viewers a sense of what it’s like to witness the aurora in natural surroundings – perhaps even inspire some to make the effort to have the experience in person.