Music by David Dvorin
Animations by Douglass Crockwell (1904 - 1968)
Starting in the late 1930s, illustrator and experimental animator Douglass Crockwell created a series of short abstract animated films at his home in Glen Falls, New York. The films offered Crockwell a chance to experiment with various unorthodox animation techniques such as adding and removing non-drying paint on glass frame-by-frame, squeezing paint between two sheets of glass, and finger painting. The individual films created over a nine-year period were then stitched together for presentation, forming a nonsensical relationship that only highlights the abstract qualities of the images.
Named “Glen Falls Sequence”, the films were left intentionally silent, and until now have never had a soundtrack. Greatly inspired both by Crockwell’s working methods and the film’s barrage of visual metaphors, I undertook the task of creating an entirely new surround-sound electro-acoustic composition that would compliment the surreal and abstract visualizations of the animations. All musical material was created directly from raw recordings of improvisations on acoustic and electric guitars while watching the film. Individual sounds from these recordings were then isolated and processed using a computer to create an entirely new ensemble of instruments that were then performed, layer by layer, in relation to the visuals. Upon hearing the new soundtrack, the listener will perceive both familiar and unexplored sounds, evoking everything from human/vocal timbres to synthesized and acoustic instruments. However, it is important to note that each and every sound utilized in the soundtrack was meticulously created from the original guitar improvisation recordings without any additional source material.
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