"Spectral Strands (Saariaho: Vent nocturne)" is a part of a collection of works commissioned from the the ZKM's (Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, Germany) Institut für Musik & Akustik and the Institut für Bildmedien.
"Spectral Strands" is a collaboration between Garth Knox performing viola (at times with electronic treatments) and myself manipulating real time visualizations.
The moving images use source materials based on extreme close up footage i shot of Garth performing on the viola, then processed using Tom Demeyer's ImX software, with further editing and transformations using FCP to create the fixed form presented here.
The music "Vent nocturne" for viola and electronics was composed by Kaija Saariaho for the project and is dedicated to Garth. Presented here is the first half of the work.
This work along with works by Scelsi, Sciarrino, Edwards and Grisey are to be released as a DVD titled "Spectral Strands: for Viola and Visuals" by Wergo's ZKM Edition