1. Silent Sirens

    Score composed by Duncan Hendy
    Visuals by David Konečný
    Performed by Ensemble Opera Diversa

    This short version is an excerpt of the full-length piece first performed and recorded on 13 March 2014 at the Brno House of Arts (Brno, Czech Republic).

    [EN]
    Mary Pickford, the first real star of Hollywood from the silent era, once said that if film were truly an art form, then the silent period would have come at the end. "Silent Sirens" is an audio visual installation based on a suite of minimalist compositions played live in the space by a six-piece ensemble comprising violin, flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon and piano. The suite of pieces focuses on different aspects of the feminine in the silent period (Lillian Gish, Greta Garbo, Louise Brooks, Falconetti, Evelyn Brent, Norma Talmadge); the stylisation is in a contemporary format, that of VJing over live musical performance. The clips are manipulated live along a time line representing the transformative and repetitive minimalist nature of the musical material. Retrograde, inversion and development through distortion of the image and beautification of the source material reflects the complexity of the female performance during the silent period and the minimalist style of musical format. People do not remain static. Their essence is their poise and communication. Both the VJing and the live concert are bound together by their nature, each dependent on the other. The visual sources are clips of "Silent Sirens" arranged into 5 movements. The VJing is both a developed performance according to the music, as well as spontaneous and constantly changing part of the installation.

    [CZ]
    Mary Pickford, první skutečná hvězda němého Hollywoodu, kdysi prohlásila, že pokud by film byl opravdu uměním, éra němého filmu by měla přijít až na jeho konci. Projekt Silent Sirens je audiovizuální instalací založenou na souboru minimalistických skladeb, hraných živě šestičlenným souborem (housle, flétna, klarinet, basový klarinet, fagot a klavír). Jednotlivé skladby jsou inspirované různými aspekty ženství, jak jej zosobnily hvězdy stříbrného plátna: Lillian Gish, Greta Garbo, Louise Brooks, Falconetti, Evelyn Brent, Norma Talmadge a další. Moderní stylizace celého díla obsahuje prvky Vjingu, které doplňují živé hudební vystoupení. Záběry z němých filmů jsou živě manipulovány v čase a představují tak svébytný doplněk minimalistické hudební složky. Jejich plynulé proměny odráží především složitost a všestrannost ženských hereckých výkonů a zároveň i minimalistický styl zvoleného hudebního formátu. Postavy jsou v neustálém pohybu, nikoli strnulé, ale výrazné a sdělné. VJing a živá hudba, tj. pět skladeb, ze kterých se skládá cyklus Silent Sirens, jsou v neustálém spojení. Manipulace obrazového materiálu je tak závislá na hudební složce, ale zároveň představuje spontánní a neustále se měnící součást celého představení.

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  2. Tempus atque relativae dimensiones in spatio is a site-specific live audiovisual installation designed for the Brno Planetarium. It explores the ideas of creation, the universe, the fourth and fifth dimension, parallel universes and our concept and relationship to them.
    The music is composed for a string quartet and choir and performed live with a Latin libretto, which draws heavily on themes associated with Dr. Who and in fact constitutes a translation of various utterances spoken by The Doctor himself. It also includes two soundscapes and one live theremin component.
    The visuals are specifically tailored to the planetarium, with a fulldome projection and a live drawing/VJing component reacting to the music in real time.

    This is a short demo video, the entire piece is approximately 45 minutes long.

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  3. Tempus atque relativae dimensiones in spatio is a site-specific live audiovisual installation designed for the Brno Planetarium. It explores the ideas of creation, the universe, the fourth and fifth dimension, parallel universes and our concept and relationship to them.
    The music is composed for a string quartet and choir and performed live with a Latin libretto, which draws heavily on themes associated with Dr. Who and in fact constitutes a translation of various utterances spoken by The Doctor himself. It also includes two soundscapes and one live theremin component.
    The visuals are specifically tailored to the planetarium, with a fulldome projection and a live drawing/VJing component reacting to the music in real time.

    This is a short demo video, the entire piece is approximately 45 minutes long.

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  4. Obtuse Angles is an audio-visual installation from Stranger in the Alps (Duncan Hendy – composer, David Konečný – visuals). Taking its visual elements from British cinematography, extracting them, remixing them, combining them, omitting them, obscuring them live. The piece celebrates the work of those Obtuse Angles that painted with light, many times artistically out of step with Hollywood. The music is a minimalist wasteland populated by the disjointed rhythm and melodic misdirection that the visuals inspire.

    Visuals by David Konecny
    Score composed by Duncan Hendy

    Performed by the Indigo Quartet / violins: Jan Bělohlávek, Martin Flašar, viola: Martina Himerová, cello: Pavel Borský + piano: Jana Nevoralová

    Premiered on 15 March 2015 in Adam Gallery, Brno, Czech Republic

    Produced by Stranger in the Alps Productions and Martin Večeřák

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