After Hanging Fruit began as a study of Paul Klee's painting of the same name. i was interested in the way in which he brought a luminosity and use of tone painting, which is what I worked on initially. Later the photographic work of Tatsuki Masaru became influential, specifically the photograph Kuragari which I used as a compositional tool.
Almost all of the elements within the work were generated on a Tachyons+ - Fun 21 analogue video effect unit and then composed digitally within After Effects. In this sense After Hanging Fruit is a digital and analogue hybrid, using the mark making potential of analogue signal distortion, plus the compositional and compositing scope offered by digital editing. In addition to the analogue source material I also used video of AE guide substructures, an animation of the space shuttle vapour trail and video of the moon.
The soundtrack was produced on a Roland SH-01. Around this time I was listening to the music of The Date Palms which played a large part in the processing of the original sound. I was particularly affected by an early unreleased recording of the group called Psalm 1 lofi raga - demo, which was recorded directly to tape and contained a lot hiss and compression. This gave the recording an ageless quality and i attempted to recreate this by re-recording my original soundtrack directly from a speaker until the overall quality became very lo-fidelity. This seemed to be the sonic equivalent of the visual mark making process I'd gone through with the analogue video processor. Paying particular attention to the way in which a digital signal can disassembled.
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