Classical music and projection
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I am often reminded how important ‘storytelling’ is for conveying creative works. Perhaps because storyline is given some kind of cognitive or linier bias as it enters the memory of most people? But what about those of us that are compelled by the abstract and ambiguous? Classical and instrumental music is generally abstract and often ambiguous, so it has the potential to compliment visual manifestations that are ambiguous and appear to indulge the visual senses beyond a need for a coherent narrative.
I love the playfulness and deftness of the particles in the projection work. I can recognize Isadora’s 3D Particles in this (am I right?). Great control and realization of a very abstract visual combination. Well done.
I have to say, not my work! I'm close friends with the pianist. (We've been best friends since the age of three, that'll be 54 years now!) And it was her husband who made the visuals.
A new approach for me at the moment is to project in the gaps. The routine of Classic concert behaviors is quite boring. So before entering the stage, between movements, applause, in the break.
So like that you make an accent on the parts where the music is played. The eye is taking all the awareness if it gets to much to look at. A good dosis of light where over the eye you help the ear to perceive the music more intense. That is what I am looking for. Which doesn’t mean you can not have an accent in the video once in a while the music plays. I just get tired of something moving all the time, which in the end doesn’t feel like moving. Actually more like stagnation
I love what music can do, however I do not perceive a clear distinction at the edges between sound and vision. And I assume that there is a strong synaesthetic perception for many creative people, considering the shared vocabulary used to describe both sound and vision.
Rather than definitions of form through discipline or medium, I prefer to work within a matrix of intermedial impulses that immerse the human sensorium. Otherwise, it is just too frustrating to deprive certain sense perceptions for the benefit of prioritizing one - medium specificity is an ideal that is very rarely reached.
Cross modal blending of the senses as a synaesthetic experience is what I feel when immersed in the wildness of natural spaces. And it appears to be an aspiration for many trans-disciplinary works of art.
The sensitive integration of sonic, visual and kinesthetic expression has greater chance of embodiment within human perception, in my experience.
But, I am also deprived of any virtuosity.
What comes a lot to my mind is what Stravinsky answered when he was asked about his composing process. If he knows before he starts what he wants. He answered, that he actually can not say that he knows what he wants, but he can definitely say what he does not want.
So while researching, I just try a lot of things and filter out what does not work for me. I also have the feeling that some compositions work better and others less with the type of visuals I like.
In august I did a project with the music of Hans Eisler. He was a pupil of Schönberg and presented him to his 60 birthday a composition called "Vierzehn Arten den Regen zu beschreiben". Which means 14 ways to describe the rain. It is for violin, piano, flute, cello, viola and clarinet. The same instrumentation like Pierrot lunaire. There was a visual artist that did a really nice video with water and rain (black and white). As the piece is only about 14 Minutes, but very dense, we played it 2 times: once without visuals and the 2nd time with. It worked really good. Unfortunately I think there is no video of the performance. But I will ask, maybe there is something.
J.S. Bach is also something that somehow works very good. Maybe because both - Bach and the twelve-tone technique of Eisler - have a strong mathematical, structural background? I don´t know.
This is something what comes out while I work on that topic. Still too rough, cheesy and monotonic. But the important thing for me is the researching/searching/finding/doubting process
Still too rough, cheesy and monotonic
Your musicianship and the score are the hero in that video. Thanks for the privilege. I started to think about resonance, because of the way you are framed by the image of your room and the frame of the webcam. How sound is reflected against surfaces and how that reflection as a resonance appears to describe physical space. I thought if I was blind would I see you sitting in your room as a mental picture? If I was blind would I ‘see’ physical space through the resonances of the music? Would a picture of you develop that goes beyond the framed image of the webcam? Like echolocation...
Your musicianship and the score are the hero in that video. Thanks for the privilege.
Thank you very much.
Interesting that there seems to be an impulse of closing the eyes, in a research about video and sound. I like that. Never thought of that, how visuals leeds to the wish of closing the eye, but in a positive way. Could be perceived as a bad critic for the visuals, haha...
Here another one. Maybe also for closing the eyes))
Recorded this improvisation with my dear friend and incredible cellist Franz Ortner in 2003. One and only take. The visuals I made now in Isadora during a short train journey. I used mainly the 3D Lines actor.
a short train journey
About to board for a 3 hr flight...
A Japanese butoh dancer once asked me to imagine the most delicate sensation, and to amplify that sensation through my body. What happened though, was not an amplification of a delicate sensation in the macro world of my body, but my body’s inhabitation of a microscopic world where the delicacy of the sensation became a tremor in an imaginary landscape.
The viol is another imaginary geographic place inhabited by creatures who thrive on the tremors that are common to that land. Their home is a floating island, not unlike the floating worlds associated with science fiction. There the edges are not defined by the meeting of land and sea, instead they are the territory of skies. We can recognize some things in this land, like the gossamer wings of insects fluttering, and the resonance of hollow vessels. Its inhabitants are drawn along suspended cableways, singing and noising in fits and starts, but always singing and noising, as though it was the very breath of life.
Viol is not tethered to tectonic plates like the lands of earth, instead it is a land that floats quite freely. At times the trajectory through the skies brings them close to other floating worlds. These times are cause for great celebration but also trepidation, for it is not known if the encounter will bring harmony or discord. The creatures take it in their meter, because these engagements are only fleeting. Before the two worlds drift apart an evolutionary thread, that cannot be seen, links these worlds forever.
Hope thats OK
Yes, of course it was a written response to your music - as I listened while waiting at Sydney airport.