Océanes is part of a continuing series of videomusic works exploring the aesthetic potential of particle based computer generated imagery. Analogous to granular sound processing, particle synthesis allows for the creation and control of complex materials using an large number of very small components. Sound and image coordination does not explicitely use synchresis as a discursive device but aims for an elevated relation based on metaphor and emotional detachment, as if contemplating a field of images from a distant perspective.
The music for Océanes is composed by the author utilizing mostly his own music software (Cecilia). All sounds are derived from formant synthesis (FOF), yielding realistic but highly extended vocal and woodwind timbres. No samples or recordings are used. Formant synthesis is similar to granular synthesis and creates sonic matter by accumulating a succession of formantic grains.
Please note: this a a single screen variant of an original 3-HD screens work. What you see here is one third of the actual image.
Océanes exists as a single screen theatrical version and as a triple-screen installation work.
"Whispers" must be one of the earliest interactive videomusic works on record. A Fairlight CMI sampling computer was used to perform the music and control a Sandin Image Processor through a 16 channel analog control interface.
The work was presented at the Digicon '83 computer arts conference in Vancouver, Canada.
Jody Gillerman, Sandin Image processor
Jean Piché, Fairlight CMI, Voice
Jim Whitaker, Live Camera
Gretchen Bright, Model
Central screen of a triple HD installation that normally runs in a loop. It was done in 2008 and revised in 2009. It makes use of underlying video imagery to drive the parameters of a particle generator. The driving video is a single shot of spinning a videocamera in a public square in France. There are no edits. The music was done on the author's audio software.
Please note: 1- the title, and the versions number on this single screen adaptation is incorrect. 2-Vimeo related compression generates banding in certain parts. 3- This video should be viewed as documentation.
Second in a series of triple-HD installation works. It makes use of underlying video imagery to drive the parameters of a particle generator. The driving video is a single shot of a children's parade in Peru. The voices heard are interviews with Michael Jackson in 1986 and model Gia Carangi in 1982. An important part of the music was done on the author's audio software.
Please note: 1- This is the central screen of a triple-screen work. 2-Vimeo related compression generates banding in certain parts. 3- This video should be viewed as documentation.
"I glimpsed a man in a loincloth prone on the roadside, his right arm outstretched, a brown coconut at the end of his fingers. I watched how this glistening figure propelled himself. He placed a small cushion on the hot asphalt beside the coconut, prostrated himself with his middle on the cushion, reached for the coconut with his right hand and stretched his arm in an arc to put it at his fingertips' end, as a rugby player holds the ball for a goal-kicker. He rose, moved the cushion beside the coconut and repeated the process. Trucks roared inches from his head, horns shrieking, rocking his body. Every fifty yards or so, he left the coconut, walked back and retrieved his mobile temple. This was a four-wheeled cart, painted orange, decorated with pictures of gods and fitted with a cassette player and a battered red conical loudspeaker, a lamp and a stove, a torch, umbrella and containers of sugar, milk and tea. He pulled the temple up to the coconut and restarted the punishing process." Trevor Fishlock - "After Gandhi"
viLi aparAtam is the second movement of paNi intiyA.