This is where the fun really began: after I did the first sketch of the Aria, I brought it into Final Cut Pro to start working on the Variation 1, and as I was getting ready for a long period of exploration in order to discover how to do the Variation 1, I first retimed the (silent) Aria video so that it would play in exactly the same duration as the Variation 1.
I did not have to go further, this was/is it!
I have since gone into similar discoveries from variation to variation (literally, all the Variations are made with the “fabric” of the Aria), had to resist the temptation to go into a game of “smarts”.
I can see some of what Bach did (to some extent), I respect and am genuinely mesmerized by it, but my work is never about “smartness”, it is always (if I am lucky) about what can be done “by way of not knowing”.
John Cage expressed that so very well in a conversation with Philip Guston:
“When you are in your studio, and as you start working, you are there with all your thoughts, as well of those of your friends and enemies.
As you keep on working, and if you are lucky, they start leaving, one by one.
Now, if you persist, and if you are very lucky, even you leave.”
For many years, that has driven my work, and if lucky, that brings me to where the real work begins.
This is the second part of the Goldberg Variations, a music - images dialogue in 32 movements between Elisabetta Guglielmin (harpsichord) and Jean Detheux (images).
At first, the 32 videos will be posted on Vimeo, one at a time (Aria + 30 Variations + Aria da Capo) followed by the original sketch of the full piece.
Goldberg Variations videos:
1. Aria: vimeo.com/321058007
2. Var 1: vimeo.com/321254452
3. Var 2: vimeo.com/321555983
4. Var 3: vimeo.com/349225474
5. Var 4: vimeo.com/351888125
6. Var 5: vimeo.com/322079872
7. Var 6: vimeo.com/359296604
8. Var 7: vimeo.com/322471426
Here’s a movie regrouping the Aria and Variations 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7: vimeo.com/349258648
Also, 32 albums of images, pulled from the individual videos, will be posted on Facebook, in synchronization with the posting of the videos themselves.
People’s reactions to those images will determine how image sequences will be built, and those image sequences will be used to rework the original sketch of the Goldberg Variations video.
Aria Video: vimeo.com/321058007
Aria album: tinyurl.com/y2yobe9c
Aria image sequence: vimeo.com/340450451
Variation 1 video: vimeo.com/321254452
Variation 1 album: tinyurl.com/y3re9aqx
Variation 1 image sequence: vimeo.com/344299632
Variation 2 video: vimeo.com/321555983
Variation 2 album: tinyurl.com/y2dz3wyk
Variation 2 image sequence: vimeo.com/349300581
Variation 3 video: vimeo.com/349225474
Variation 3 album: tinyurl.com/y6d7vkhr
Variation 3 image sequence: vimeo.com/351948864
Variation 4 video: vimeo.com/351888125
Variation 4 album: tinyurl.com/yy7q8gyu
Variation 4 image sequence: vimeo.com/355216063
Variation 5 video: vimeo.com/322079872
Variation 5 album: tinyurl.com/y35cmnr9
Variation 5 image sequence: vimeo.com/359125344
Variation 6 video: vimeo.com/359296604
Variation 6 album: tinyurl.com/y4fa582p
Variation 6 image sequence: vimeo.com/364373936
Variation 7 video: vimeo.com/322471426
Variation 7 album (work in progress): tinyurl.com/y3weprn9
Elisabetta’s full Goldberg Variations recording can be heard here: youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_k2HoKNVA8pdV55gTAZT04YnkfEpvtH21I
This adventure is made possible by kind permission from Naxos of America.
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