Sunday, 29 July 2012

Sketch with Line and Tonal Palindrome | Jonathan Gillie

This is another sketch from around 1999-2000 recently remade. Listening to the music of Eleh has re-ignited an interest in pure electronic sound. As with 'Circles' I was interested in working with the simplest of images and tones. The initial horizontal panning lines are reworked and positioned to move in reverse, from top to bottom then diagonally until unintentional patterns are formed. The soundtrack is taken from a fading test tone which pitch is increased by two semi tones every new line. It was a suprise that even though line and tone are linked, at points during the film they seem to bear no relationship to one another at all.
Jonathan Gillie

Friday, 27 July 2012

Audible Color | Hideaki Matsui & Momo Miyazaki

Audible Color is an audio-visual instrument. Sound is generated based on color detected by a camera. Red, green and blue correspond with certain music notes. When the colors are mixed, the resulting secondary colors produce different notes. The size of the colors influences the volume and frequency of the notes played. Color detection and sound generation were created and are controlled using Processing code.
Hideaki Matsui & Momo Miyazaki

Found at: Designboom

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Sounds of the Americans: An Audio Exploration of Robert Frank's Photography | Andrew Emond

Sounds of the Americans is an experiment in sound and photography using the contents of Robert Frank's photo book The Americans" as a foundation for exploration. The audio tracks are the result of converting the photographs to sound via computer software outlined below. Similarly, the images have been created by loading the sounds into a spectrograph application which allows one to recreate the original photographs in a highly altered form.
The sounds.
Information about the process and the software.

Andrew Emond

Found at: Notation Notes

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Line-Remodel | Jonathan Gillie

This is an unused sketch from a couple of years ago that I came across recently. I think the intention was to rework simple forms into complex structures with embedded sound. Although for some reason I didn't take this particular sketch any further I still enjoy watching it.
Jonathan Gillie

Saturday, 21 July 2012

This is not cinema: Engram (optical sound #001) | _blank

This video was shot with an iPod Touch using 8mm app. It's part of a series called 'This is not cinema' that recreates experimental cinema aesthetics using lo-fi digital video tools. Images are just a light bulb going on and off. The sound was generated from the frames, converting them first to .raw and then to .aiff. It's not 'optical sound', obviously, but it's a digital technique based on the same idea (you see what you hear), and the resulting sounds are similar to those from optical sound experimental films.

'Engram' is a neuropsychology term, a hypothetical means by which memory traces are stored as biophysical or biochemical changes in the brain in response to external stimuli.

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Notation Notes

Notation Notes is a tumblr that defines itsel as "an investigation of the relationship between sound and image, including scores, maps, user interfaces, instruments, video, objects, graphics, visual poetry."

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Information Study #00011 | Alexander Ness

Sketch for "Information Studies", for Disklavier.
See the score here.
Each column represents a key, and each row represents a frame.
Alexander Ness

Found at: Notation Notes

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Mercury Hz | nik282000

A drop of mercury being vibrated from ~120Hz down to ~10hz filmed at regular speed. The high density and surface tension cause it to resonate at different frequencies in different ways. The higher the frequency the more nodes it will form on its edge.

Found at: Noise made me do it

Monday, 16 July 2012

Bridges-Go-Round | Shirley Clarke

Bridges-Go-Round (1958) is a short experimental film by Shirley Clarke. There're two versions of the film, the only difference is the score. In this video you can watch both, but I'm only interested in the second one, with music by Louis & Bebe Barron (it starts at 3:53). The first version has a jazzy score by Teo Macero, so it's much more classical and uninspiring.

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Blutrausch | Thorsten Fleisch

An attempt to constitute a human / machine dialogue. It shows the filmmaker’s blood as seen / heard with the eyes / ears of the machine which is a film projector with optical sound. He affixed his blood onto clear film leader by cutting into the flesh and then pressing the film leader onto the wound. Additionally he had blood taken with a syringe and afterwards dripped it on the film leader. fresh and clotted blood was used.
Thorsten Fleisch

Friday, 13 July 2012

documentation BMP/BPM ~ Light Synth | Mariska de Groot

I show here some documentation of my optical sound project. Form and light generate sound. An invention of the early '20 used for film and the first synthesizers. A beautiful and magical concept but always covered in a big machine. I'm undusting and celebrating optical sound by making instruments, installations and doing performances where the visual part of generating sound is at least as important.
Mariska de Groot

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Auricon #3: Young Jung | George Monteleone

Auricon film #3. The disembodied voice of the famous analytical psychologist speaks through space and time. 16mm, optical sound, light organ circuitry.
George Monteleone

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

TEST - optical sound 16mm | Mariska de Groot

Capturing Images for Visual & Sound Rhythm - during a workshop by Tomonari Nishikawa @ Worm Filmwerkplaats Rotterdam. Just some sketches of optical sound on 16mm I made. Film is shot with a 35mm photocamera By doing so also the optical soundtrack part of the 16mm film stock will be exposed. A film projector transforms the visual information on the optical soundtrack into sound while projecting the film.
Mariska de Groot

lzx.test.10 | Bartosz Dylewski

Created using the LZX Visionary modular video synthesiser.
Bartosz Dylewski

Monday, 9 July 2012