John Martin – The Hidden Notes

This short music documentary takes a look behind the scenes at home, and in the studio with John Martin, an incredible musician who has dedicated the last 4 years to unearthing a unique sound world for the saxophone.

This short music documentary takes a look behind the scenes with John Martin, an incredibly talented musician, who has dedicated four years to unearthing a unique approach to saxophone multiphonics and overtone patterns.

We’d been hoping to make a portrait of the extraordinarily talented musician John Martin for sometime. So when we heard that he was creating a completely new and unique sound, ‘The Hidden Notes’, our ears pricked up and we jumped in.

This was very much a strong collaboration with John. We talked in great detail about his vision for the project and together we created a concept, script and tone we were both excited about. It’s always a pleasure being in the studio with talented musicians and to have the opportunity to be present during the recording of ‘The Hidden Notes, Spirit of Adventure’ was a real treat.

We shot the studio footage over one day with our workhorse Canon C300 and a bag of Canon primes. We had an Astra 1×1 panel, a couple of dedo’s, an Arri fresnel and some small led pencil lights.

We spent one other day with John hanging out at his home, capturing his master interview, some actuality and his brilliant playing. We were lucky that the day we chose to film was the day he took delivery of his finished albums.

‘The Hidden Notes’ was named one of Jazzviews best Jazz albums of 2016.