Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Composition of Twisted

This is Twisted on Vimeo, made using some ideas from music.

Both the visuals and the audio were produced using the same method of composition. Attention has been focused on the rhythm in both cases by carefully calculating the intervals between events.

Once the video gets into its stride (10 seconds in) then the major changes in content happen after 1, 4, 1, 4, ... seconds in a bom, booom, bom, booom rhythm. The actual appearance of the visuals is composed by "phasing" two copies of this video against each other, as Steve Reich would do with audio.

The soundtrack is also achieved by "phasing". This time there are three tracks of tuned percussion creating a rhythm which begins 4, 1, 2, 1, 2, 2, 2, 1, 1, 4, ... creating an interval-harmony with the rhythm of the video as Cage has described (somewhere). The audio and video "synch" every 5 seconds, where the micro-rhythm of the audio "matches" the content of the visuals. Or so it appears.

Cage and Cunningham were right. Movement and Sound only need to synch occasionally for our mind to enjoy their co-performance.