AV Performance | Singing Sand
Edition XIX June 7th - 10th 2018 | Rome
Audio Visual Performing Artists Meeting
June, 7th 2018, 3:00 pm | June, 10th 2018, 2:00 am
June 7 - 10, 2018
Ex Mattatoio, Rome Italy, Rome, Italy

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Singing Sand

AV Performance

Studio 2 | 00:20 – 00:33 Friday 8 June

SINGING SAND was inspired by the sonic potential of abstract 3D computer graphics. The central element of the composition is a physics based visual material whose movement is sonified in real-time. The piece explores how various particle fluctuations, tensions or shape morphing sound like, what internal rhythms do they create and how that affects our perception of the visuals in return.

Sand resembling visual particles are sonified by mapping their individual velocities to various parameters of individual grains inside a custom made granular synthesiser. At the same time the velocities determine the colours of the particles which together creates a spectrum of colours and sounds. This results in perceptually tight audiovisual bonds which is a crucial element of this piece as the composition focuses on the gestural qualities of the audiovisual material.

The aim of the composition was to explore how such audiovisual material could function in a free audiovisual paradigm and also how to meaningfully force it onto the grid of harmony and metric rhythm. In the later case the material created liquid grooves on top of dub-tech influenced fixed rhythmic elements as well as ever changing spectral swirls that emerged from cross-breeding an original noisy and non- stable sound source with a pitch-based material.

The piece represents an attempt to compose from within an audiovisual paradigm where every compositional decision came as a consequence of cross-fertilisation between both modalities.

Mentors: Alexander Harker and Pierre Alexandre Tremblay

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