"In this work by Battey sound and images generate and influence one another, creating a magma constantly transforming in terms of light and colour, an evocative and tactile kaleidoscope, saturated and evanescent, at times about to liquefy, at others to explode like air."
— Invideo 2006, Milan
"Autarkeia Aggregatum" is an integrated sound and image composition emphasizing continuous flow and transformation. There are no cuts or splices in the visual aspect of the work; it unfolds instead as a constantly evolving, massed animation of a set of over 11,000 individual points.
When seeking a title for the piece, I turned to the Monadology — the philosopher Leibniz’s theory of fundamental particles of reality (monads). I appropriated the two words from that work: autarkeia (Greek) for self-sufficiency, and aggregatum (Latin) meaning joined, aggregated. The terms together appropriately suggest an aggregation of the activities of autonomous entities. More subtly, a resonance with an idealized Classicism draws me to the words. The resonance is one of an inner fullness of being expressed outwardly in elegant, self-sufficient restraint.
"Autarkeia Aggregatum" received a Special Mention from Festival Internacional de la Imagen, Departamento de Diseño Visual de la Universidad de Caldas, Manizales, Colombia
I produced the sound for Autarkeia Aggregetum with the help of the musical composition and synthesis programming languages Common Lisp Music (by Bill Shotstaedt) and Common Music (by Rick Taube). A primary tool was my Pitch Curve Analysis and Composition toolkit (PICACS) for providing naturalistic and expressive glissandi and continuous-pitch melodies.
I initially developed the visual effects method using the Java programming environment Processing (by Ben Fry and Casey Reas). I then translated the algorithm into a plug-in for Apple’s Motion 2 video effects software.
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