Brahmanda is a collaborative project conceived and produced by Harvey Goldman (animation) and Jing Wang (music).
The translation for the Hindu Sanskirt word Brahmanda is "the universal or cosmic egg." Ancient creation mythology is rich in references to this theme as well as the birth of twin creators. The epiphany of these ancient cosmologies is woven together with our cultural obsession regarding ownership, material wealth and territory. The piece gives credence to these archetypal themes. In the end we are all the same. "......ashes to ashes, dust to dust".
The main sound source, the ocean surf and human voice, respectively representing the planet and the human being, is chosen primarily based upon the visual imagines revealed in the animation. The use of percussion instruments in the fight scene draws its influence from the martial-drama in Peking Opera in which the percussion instruments perform a set of stylized patterns to accompany the combat drama on the stage. Though the traditionally repetitive rhythmic pattern is intentionally avoided in this section, the characteristic tension and energy are retained.
This animation project serves as an exploration of the dialectical relations between the visual and aural elements. The synchronized or asynchronous musical expressions provide ways to either enhance visual articulation or dramatize the situation as a means to achieve a harmonious balance of unity and variety.