Passing Through. Short 360 documentary.

Passing Through is an innovative 360-degree film featuring Jamaican-born and UK-based 86-year old trumpet player Eddie ‘Tan Tan’ Thornton. A classmate of legendary trombone players Don Drummond (Skatalites) and Rico Rodriguez (Specials) at the famed Alpha Boys School in Kingston, Jamaica, Thornton later played with the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Jules Holland and Aswad and still performs hundreds of gigs per year (you can catch him at the Effra Pub in Brixton, London, every Thursday when he is not touring).

Passing Through was produced by Studio Moe and Fat Toad Films (under the moniker Strange Brothers) to showcase Thornton’s music alongside archive footage of his time at Alpha and thoughts on the importance of music to his life. Using 360-degree technology with spatial audio, the Strange Brothers film deconstructs the traditional documentary by simultaneously integrating all of the elements – interview, live music and archive – in the 360º video sphere, inviting the viewer to create their own documentary experience.

The film is supporting Alpha’s next generation of music makers and is best viewed using a cardboard headset (or similar device) with headphones. It can also be enjoyed on Youtube – just make sure you’re watching it on the highest quality 4K settings with headphones.