Fourth collaboration between Nick Cope and electroacoustic composer Tim Howle, in a series of pieces exploring electroacoustic music composition and moving image making.

In Girum continues the collaboration between film maker Nick Cope and electro-acoustic composer Professor Tim Howle in electroacoustic moviemaking. Their previous work has been screened internationally and published on DVD by The Computer Music Journal and ScreenWorks/Journal of Media Practice. In Girum constitutes the fourth short film in the series of collaborations Cope and Howle have called Electroacoustic Movies.

For In Girum, abstracted visuals shot on DV digital video and Super 8 film at a variety of funfairs was montaged and edited using Final Cut Pro software, exploring the liminal spaces the funfair offers, the carnival of consumption. The actual stomach churning disorientation of the rides and their mechanical hydraulic constructions being reworked into a simulated visual space which intends to explore augmented realities. Virilio’s ‘over-excited man’ meets Debord’s analysis of the Spectacle. The title echoing Debord’s use as a film title of the Latin palindrome In Girum Imus Nocte Et Consumimur Igni, translated as ‘We go round and round in the night and are consumed by fire…’ The treatment in post-production of lens based/gathered information treated and reworked, counterpointing electroacoustic compositional practices derived from recording, working with and treating acousmatic source material. In Girum saw the collaborative methods take on a more dialogic form. Discussions during the production process informed early edits and workings of the source material. Exchanges of each others’ outputs during this process, being worked into and woven together, through an ongoing production process; passing developing versions of the work back and forth between composer and filmmaker leading to the final version.

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