In "Breathe" the speed of modern life is confronted with the scene of a floating solid in space comprised of a choreographed, slow moving grid of 16 expandable and contractible color blocks, each of which was assigned a color code sampled from its position within a plane of the RGB color system. The soundtrack is based on a translation model of color code into digital sound domain, which generated a harmonious output. "Breathe" gently challenges the human visual system’s limitation in observing simultaneous moving patterns and asks the viewer to actively refocus his or her attention, triggering a mental process of concentration. Its aesthetic influences can be traced to Mondrian’s neoplasticism and Brazil’s neo-concrete art movement. The overall result is an intimate and minimalist ambient piece that favors a meditative experience.
Guigue conceived the soundtrack from the observation that the numerical RGB values selected by Bendito reproduced a harmonic structure when thinking of them as Hertz values. Thus each color has it own sound whose time evolution obeys, through several translation parameters, the bi-dimensional “circulation” of the colors in the 16-block moving grid. “Breathe” features one of 8 different mixes of Guigue’s soundtrack. As all the music was produced within the Reason® software, “Breathe” is also considered part of Didier’s “Reason Studies” project. The work can be performed as video art, part of a multimedia installation, or with real-time live performer(s).
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