Excerpt from Quicksilver. Music and video by Maggi Payne. Total duration 11:00. In the late night water droplets on my car's windshield remind me of the beauty of liquid mercury which alluringly beads and flows so sinuously while reflecting light as if it were a silvered mirror. A microcosm of the world exists in each droplet. Liquid, snaking smoke spills upwards.
Grainy images shot in near darkness are accompanied by gritty, crunchy, sizzling, sputtering sound gathered from sand on a drumhead (reminiscent of cars passing by in the rain), matches being lit, ice melting, etc. Fingers gently gliding across closed cell foam backpacking insulating padding evoke the sizzle of extinguishing a flame with wet fingertips. A bathtub draining, a floor furnace, whirling XLR cables and tubes (wind) provide more resonant sources. The final section reminded me of celestial nebulae and I couldn't resist using sonifications of data collected by the Radio and Plasma Wave Science instrument aboard the Cassini spacecraft on its way to Saturn and Jupiter and other instruments aboard other craft obtained from Dr. Don Gurnett, University of Iowa, with his permission. Processed beyond recognition, Jovian and Earth whistlers and choruses provide the sole sound source for that section.
Looking at rarely noticed, barely visible images in our lives, Quicksilver finds elegance and mystery in reflected car lights in raindrops on a windshield at night, the sunlight reflecting in a two-inch wide area of a draining bathtub, and the frail tendrils of burning incense.