The film was firstly inspired by a desire to create a work of beauty. After that, Low Sounds steams from a multitude of inspirational sources. The title and ending poem come from the Irish poet W. B. Yeats’ Lake Isle of Innisfree.
The films of Andrei Tarkovsky and his writings, as well as Robert Bresson. Hours of late-night talks with friends about the world, from the fine art/science of baking to the wonder of beer to flights to the moon (faked or not) to the green leaf to coffee’s great allure to singing in the rain and dancing by the fire to bad television and cinematic greats and all the great works of classical literature that adopted me into their worlds for a few hundred pages: Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, Henry Miller, the Transcendentalists, Thomas Pynchon, Iris Murdoch, Cervantes, Homer, the Bronte sisters, and on and on.
But also none of these things. Low Sounds By the Shore was an attempt to capture a week in a person’s life in as pure a way as we could. We’ll let you be the judge. We enjoyed making it, we hope you enjoy watching.
Lake Isle of Innisfree by William Butler Yeats
I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
and a small cabin build there of clay and wattles made:
nine beanrows will I have, and a hive for the honey bee;
and live alone in the bee-loud glade.
And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow
dropping from the vales of the morning to where the crickets sing;
There midnight’s all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
and evening full of the linnet’s wings.
I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
as I stand upon the roadway, or on the pavements gray,
I hear it in the deep heart’s core