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Reductive Waves is a meditation on the visualization of sound via contrasting natural and human-crafted environments. It features two main visual elements, the first of which is non-manipulated video footage of light moving across my living room wall, shot during a summer sunrise. The second is a series of digital images I created via a reductive process in Photoshop, creating 150 abstract images which resemble soundwaves by using my own photographs of resonant architectural spaces as source material. These images were then animated and set to a soundtrack of manipulated field recordings of urban construction and waves on a lakefront along with synthesizer melodies and drones.
Reductive Waves premiered at Soundwalk 2008, East Village Arts District, Long Beach, California, 20 September 2008.