"Saturnus Alchimia" (1982, 3:25. NTSC analog video de-interlaced for Vimeo) is one of the first in a series of absolute videographic compositions that were created via the multitracking of improvised real time performance utilizing a standard broadcast video switcher. The music is an authorized edit of the piece "Chemistry" by Jon Hassell and Brian Eno.
"Color, shape, texture, and rhythm form the basic components of a series of visual music compositions, much as the architectonic structuring of melody, harmony, timbre and rhythm in aural music. 'Saturnus Alchimia', the first in [a series of video "Studies"], introduces us to all the basic materials and parameters [Michael Scroggins] has chosen. The frozen image under the titles stands rich in illusion, dominated by what seems a golden pyramid. When the congealed instant "a false fragment of time" releases into action, those still illusions are all vanquished and we perceive a fascinating new array of interlocking architectonic levels. A thin bar rocks leisurely from side to side 'in front of' the other imagery, seeming to define a screen surface, while 'behind' it layers of rectangular shapes rotate, each one masking out ... and enclosing certain others in a way that challenges the mundane comfort of a single-vanishing-point perspective. Yet still 'behind' these intricate layers reigns a voluptuous golden band that pours into blue rivers and folds around itself in confident palpability. The alchemists' Saturn (of which this first piece is offered, tongue in cheek, as an example) was the lead, or base metal, from which transmutation begins, and indeed the successive pieces in this series use all these same base materials to explore further relationships between optical phenomena and spiritual perception."
--William Moritz, "Some Notes on Michael Scroggins' Studies,"