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Trains of Thoughts
“I came back from Prague with 600 metro photos and three photos from the old town. Then I thought that there must be something really interesting, driving, exciting in there”, explains Vienna-based filmmaker Timo Novotny. And that’s how the journey for the music & film project Trains of Thoughts began. First of all it’s a film about trains, but through the comparison of subway systems in six different cities, it’s also a film about the mentality of these different places. By comparing two American (New York City, L.A.), two European (Moscow, Vienna) and two Asian (Tokyo, Hong Kong) cities, Timo shows how trains reflect the urban life. However, Trains of Thoughts doesn’t work in the typical documentary-stlye. It’s an audiovisual exploration of the atmosphere, pulse and soundscape of these cities. Thus the musicians Wolfgang Frisch and Markus Kienzl of Sofa Surfers played a major role in the making of the film and now in the “performing” part of it. Together with Timo they do a fascinating live remix, a moody, reverby jam where the music and visuals blend together so that you find yourself soaked in this train mode of drifting along.