Here's a synopsis of a new film and soundtrack by Albe Falzon and Andrew Kidman, Spirit of Akasha, which celebrates 40 years of Morning of the Earth.

The website, like the film, is still under construction but there is an excellent ongoing blog with updates and outtakes so you can follow the film here.

Spirit of Akasha from Spirit of Akasha on Vimeo.

Here's a little intro to it from Albe Falzon, director of Morning of the Earth:

"The title Morning of the Earth originated from Bali when we went there for the first time in the early seventies to explore Bali’s culture and surf possibilities. The Island was so incredibly beautiful that India’s visiting Prime Minister called it “the morning of the world".

When we arrived Kuta and Legian were just villages with dirt roads — there were no tourists. The Island reflected so perfectly what we were hoping to capture in the film — the natural beauty and spiritual qualities of our world, and through surfing show those qualities.

Times have changed since then however, the essence of surfing — of riding waves is still the same. Surfing evokes in us a deep connection with our soul and identifies something that is beyond imagination — beyond words — it gives to us love and beauty — unconditionally and asks nothing in return. 
When you ride a wave — you enter another zone. A place so peaceful and perfect, a place you know so well, a place beyond any realm in the outside world. Timeless and formless — where everything is so perfect — you want nothing else. Riding a wave is the magnetic attraction that keeps up linked to other worlds. I am That and That is the Spirit of Akasha."

And here's a word from Andrew Kidman:

"When Albe and producer Chris Moss approached me to make a film celebrating 40 years of Morning of the Earth, truthfully, I was a little dubious about the idea. For me Morning of the Earth is a stand-alone piece of work. It features a period in time when I was barely a year old. In fact Morning of the Earth and its wonderful soundtrack was my earliest window to this time, as I don’t remember it personally — that it was a surfing film only made me love it more. So when they asked me, whilst honoured, I wasn’t sure I could do it.

I thought about it a lot. Things have changed so much on the planet since 1972 — how does one reflect the sentiment of such an iconic film, when nothing looks like it once did? Broken Head is not just a wave that breaks with one surfer out riding a single fin, and Uluwatu barely resembles the Uluwatu that featured in Albe’s film and so on. It was a challenging idea and I began to warm to it.

The more I thought about it and talked to Albe, the more I realised that the spirit of Morning of the Earth hasn’t really changed — it was about people enjoying an activity that interacts with nature, which as surfers, we still do today. One could look at all the negatives associated with the modern activity, or we go about trying to make something that reflects the positives. I still find myself kicking out of waves stoked — clear of thought, pondering the beauty and freedom our pursuit affords us.

I decided to take on the challenge and I’ve been working on Spirit of Akasha for nearly three months now. The journey thus far has been a complete pleasure. Bouncing thoughts and ideas back and forth with Albe, talking to musicians, surfers and filmmakers. Each person I speak to about the project is so excited about it and wants to contribute to it in some way. Morning of the Earth’s legacy rings true in people’s hearts: they want to see a new film made and hear a new record of music that’s deliberately inspired by the original. This has been refreshing as well: to make something that is inspired, rather than trying to break new ground as an artist."

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Michael Peterson, who sadly passed away in late March 2012, in an iconic still from the original Morning of the Earth,