A L'Agua is an impressionistic film (shot mostly in 8mm film) made of water forms created by natural occurrence, focusing on the surface waveform patterns interacting with light. Filmed fall-spring 2010-2011, edited during May-June 2011 in Seattle by Michael Shannon. Inspired by the forms created by the flow of water in varied spaces, and the the relationships perceived in the behaviors of soundwaves and light, with captured moments characteristic of Seattle's fall-winter-spring and an added soundtrack that includes metallic waveforms created on vibes and singing bowls. An impetus has come by my recent study of Tony Martin's light compositions detailed in the book 'The San Francisco Tape Music Center-the 1960's Counterculture and the Avant-Garde' by David Bernstein as well as 'Sensitive Chaos-the Creation of Flowing Forms in Water and Air' by Theodore Schwenk.
Michael Shannon is a sound/recording artist, musician, photographer, and performer of experimental media, based in Seattle. He began performing in the punk clubs of San Francisco in the late 1970's evolving performance and sound designs through various venues and media, specializing in the use of a variety of string instruments from Asia, percussion, sound objects, and electronics. In San Francisco, he began Joy Street Studios, the name for all of his sound art productions and his studio in 1983, to the present. First releases of audio works in the form of cassettes began in 1987, followed by an LP 'Laguz' on Anomalous Records and CDs on various labels around the world.