THE BOOK OF PSALMS

 

Introducing a complete presentation of the all of the Psalms we know and love in word-for-word musical pieces set with footage from outback and coastal Australia. This is an epic production that brings to life the Psalms as musical pieces without compromising the verses (no removing or adding verses to the original text). This is a timely production that re-presents the Psalms as a relevant, engaging digital production

SAMPLES


Psalm 01 https://subspla.sh/9063661
Psalm 02 https://subspla.sh/5d5270c
Psalm 03 https://subspla.sh/dc2ed52
Psalm 04 https://subspla.sh/fbd3b25
Psalm 05 https://subspla.sh/267d5fd
Psalm 06 https://subspla.sh/da5de7a
Psalm 07 https://subspla.sh/06ec6d4
Psalm 08 https://subspla.sh/yjry3jz
Psalm 09 https://subspla.sh/1090627
Psalm 10 https://vimeo.com/403574545
Psalm 11 https://subspla.sh/d206a0c
Psalm 12 https://subspla.sh/1619d70
Psalm 13 https://subspla.sh/216a13b
Psalm 14 https://subspla.sh/e241ced
Psalm 15 https://subspla.sh/c06b3b4
Psalm 16 https://subspla.sh/86q9vvd 
Psalm 17 https://subspla.sh/d68df88 
Psalm 18 https://vimeo.com/410464305 
Psalm 19 http://subspla.sh/cc2b5fc 
Psalm 20 https://vimeo.com/413031499 
Psalm 21 http://subspla.sh/29fc251 
Psalm 23 http://subspla.sh/537cf49 

BACKGROUND

Hebrew: תְּהִלִּים, Tehillim, "praises". Commonly referred to simply as Psalms or "the Psalms", is the first book of the Ketuvim ("Writings"), the third section of the Hebrew Bible, and a book of the Christian Old Testament. The title is derived from the Greek translation, ψαλμοί, psalmoi, meaning "instrumental music" and, by extension, "the words accompanying the music". The book is an anthology of individual psalms, with 150 in the Jewish and Western Christian tradition and more in the Eastern Christian churches. Many are linked to the name of King David, but his authorship is not accepted by modern scholar

Cultural Relevance

The Eastern Orthodox, Catholic, Presbyterian, Lutheran and Anglican Churches have always made systematic use of the Psalms. New Testament references show that the earliest Christians used the Psalms in worship. Following the Protestant Reformation many of the Psalms were set as hymns. These were particularly popular in the Calvinist tradition. Among famous hymn settings of the Psalter were the Scottish Psalter and the paraphrases by Isaac Watts. The first book printed in North America was a collection of Psalm settings, the Bay Psalm Book (1640). By the 20th century, Psalms were mostly replaced by hymns in church services. However, the Psalms are popular for private devotion among many Protestants and still used in many churches for traditional worship.[46] There exists in some circles a custom of reading one Psalm and one chapter of Proverbs a day, corresponding to the day of the month. Metrical Psalms are still very popular among many Reformed Churches.

 

The Psalms have always been an important part of Catholic liturgy. The Liturgy of the Hours is centered on chanting or recitation of the Psalms, using fixed melodic formulas known as psalm tones. Early Catholics employed the Psalms widely in their individual prayers, a fixed daily cycle of twenty-five psalms to be recited, and nine other psalms divided across Matins.

Production Style (Treatment)

Psalms Shooting Board http://bit.ly/1Uqw2n4 

 

The Psalms are a classic ‘meditation’ product to be produced in the style of “Reflections” by TBN http://www.daystar.com/shows/daystar-original-programs/reflections/ which is one of the most successful programs in the history of the TBN network. 

 

A compilation of (in-house) stock footage creates a visual montage that carries the viewer across a series of ‘naturescapes’ that compliment the words and themes of the Psalms.

 

Characters

Russ Ixer:  Piano recitals and vocals

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7TdGIV7Rh0

Naturescape footage: 

 

Chris Tangey: http://bit.ly/2Y2Y0Jq  

Stephen Smith: http://bit.ly/2YqwN7S 

Philip Caladoukas: http://bit.ly/21i7QTS  

 

Budget

The Psalms budget is based on the production costs to record the 150 tracks with Russ Ixer. The total costs averages $60 per Psalm or $9,000. The stock footage has been donated by all suppliers and editing is being completed on a voluntary bases.

 

Distribution

The Book of Psalms will be hosted as a series and individual tracks (and album) on platforms such as iTunes and Spotify. The video production to be submitted to Netflix as a meditation program and distributed to local and international networks as well direct channels medical centres, prisons, airlines and nursing homes. 

Promotion

The goal with Psalms is to complete the production of each Psalm as “word-for-word” music. There are many versions of individual Psalms that are available on multiple platforms and channels. Combining these musical pieces with gentle naturescape footage creates a meditative product that has many various applications.

 

The most obvious channel is Christian Radio where a series of programs that play the Psalms and have discussions around the content. Aggregators such as the https://www.cmaadigital.com/ Digital Hub and FTP download sites such as https://www.twr.org/ to reach thousands of international radio stations with the Psalms production.

 

Market Research

The only complete collection of word-for-word Psalms for centuries has been the Gregorian chant: https://www.britannica.com/art/psalm-toneindividuals 

More recently there have been a numerous attempts to complete the Psalms word-for-word concept with varying degrees of success and completion:

https://thepsalmsprojectband.com/music

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTe7wTrfN3rR4OWvHv8CCoCIqNZvQPRKg

http://www.psalmistyle.com/sound-1.htm

https://www.pastemagazine.com/noisetrade/music/zacfitzsimmons/psalms-word-for-word-volume-1

 

A number of apps have been developed using a more traditional format that have been developed for congregations to sing along to the words.

 

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.charisdevelopment.thesixteenfifty&hl=en

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.freechurch.app&hl=en

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.erike.uzoma.audiopsalms&hl=en

 

These productions are yet another example of the rapidly growing and “grassroots” Christian “word-for-word” Bible movie genre. The Christian “word-for-word” film industry is in its small beginnings and is expected to expand rapidly, so to will productions such as ‘word-for-word’ Psalms.