This is a video that I created in the fall of 2011 for Rob Smith and the University of Houston's new music ensemble, Aura. The music is by Alaskan composer John Luther Adams and written for percussion, piano, and electronics.
Adams' music is spacious and vast, with slow moving textures that create a static motion much like clouds and tall trees in the wind. This lugubrious quality was something that I latched onto. I then combined it with some images of urban life--a life that often hides this kind of beauty, and came up with what you see here.
Aura is directed by composer Rob Smith:
Krystel Dewberry Grauvogl, piano
Jamey Kollar, vibraphone & crotales
More about John Luther Adams can be found here: johnlutheradams.com/
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