1. Pursuit E11 V02


    from Jonathan Spencer / Added

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    Pursuit E11 V02 The piece is built around an E11 chord that builds from the bass in steps: elements of the lower register are swept around the stereo field to replicate the velodrome chase. The visual motif is a primary drive sprocket that rotates within an environment dominated by sweeps of near complimentary colour that cross each other as the riders would alternately cross a spectators field of view. The piece flips from compressed black and white into colour at regular intervals.

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      from Jonathan Spencer / Added

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      The piece attempts to replicate the intense commitment needed to achieve at the highest level of competition. In this case a sequence of diving moves are hand drawn over two minutes The repeated words are there to remind the viewer that repetition and practice are the key to success. The word dedication is occasionally there in the sequence but in this lexicon is taken as read (or in this case blue) and occurs randomly. The text is distressed through compression at the start but returns to its original state over the course of the piece, this mirrors the athletes journey towards perfection through practice. The animating text background is reminiscent of the slow play of light on rippling water. The sound builds from the water in the practice pool ‘skimmers’ to a held chord based around an E drone, which comes to an abrupt stop as the diver enters the water.

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      • Triathlon_Pt2_V03


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        Triathlon Pt2 V03: an audiovisual piece about cadence and texture. This audiovisual piece was made as a result of reading about the Triathlon. The structure of three radically different stages within one event is both intriguing and attractive (move over Modern Pentathlon). The nature of the events, one through water, one on the road with a machine and finally running presents a rich source of food for the imagination: just as the location in Hyde Park provides a wide range of colour and texture. This combination of actions and environment lends itself to rhythms loosely based around the recommended cadence of 90 to 100 rpm for the cycling stage, whilst the various audio structures range from samples taken from the natural world, to mechanistic clicks and the bass drone work with the visuals to provide an intense (and short) experience. The BPM is 96 and it is 48 bars long all in E. The sounds come from a range of gear including (if you listen hard some old fashioned guitar feedback and the birds in my back garden). The visuals make extensive use of Processing software.

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