CHANDELLIER ROOM/STUDIO 3
Video made for Inma Pavon project "5.5.5 5 chances".
Video was a response to the image of the boy with the fan from Cecil Beaton book Chinese Album from The LFTT library interdisciplinary archive.
The theme of the event was CHANCE and involved 15 artists.
There were 5 rooms and to each 3 artist were randomly assigned: visual artist, sound artist and performing artist.
I got Chandelier Room (Room 3) together with Brian Lane (who's sound you can hear with the video) and performance artist Siobhan Ni Dhuinnin.
I received an image from Inma depicting three Chinese nature scenes: a tree in
flower, a landscape and a river. I wanted to at least partially use chance methods in
composition, and the music software Ableton Live is ideal for this. In keeping with the
theme of the image, I sampled YouTube talks about Eastern philosophy, generating
melodies and textures by warping and re-pitching words and speech fragments. After
some time pursuing this I realised it wasn't going to work; the results were too rigid
and mechanical, at odds with the natural scenes in the image.
Instead, I dusted off my four-track portable audio recorder. I recorded the
environment around trees, a river and simply stuck the microphone out the bedroom
window for landscape sounds. I imported these found sounds into the software and
layered them with previously recorded samples. Using certain effects and
techniques, I created soundscapes and introduced an element of chance into how
the different elements interact with each other. I think the end result is much more
organic and a better fit with the image. I’m really looking forward to hearing and
seeing how the piece interacts with the work of the artists/dancers at the event!
Fan Insides is an abstract experimental video influenced by the image of the boy
with the fan from Cecil Beaton book Chinese Album given by Inma. The video is an
illustration of creative process of philosophical meditation on wave theory. Using
fragments of randomly shoot footage amalgamated together with filters applied by
chance, the video creates the image and likeness of oscillation energies in a broader
meaning than just physical explanation of the phenomenon.