Category Archives for principles

3 paragraphs for the program notes

Margaret Moore asked me for a couple of paragraphs to add to Chris van Tuinen’s program notes: When I was asked by Margaret Moore and Chris van Tuinen to create a visual work to accompany the keen voices of Gesualdo’s … Continue reading

30. January 2013 by benjamin
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Simultaneous Tableaux

click to animate Abandoning synchronicity invites simultaneity. The temporal unit for the players, movers, supers, the stagehand Kuroko, is the entire song. So let’s show different moments simultaneously, like some medieval paintings. Let’s sometimes have frozen players in different spots … Continue reading

29. December 2012 by benjamin
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Players in Tableaux vivants

One my first mental images of the piece involved people on stage surrounding a figure, firing off flashes like paparazzi. A paparazzi passion. I thought of the people on stage as Ninjas, in reference to a job I had for … Continue reading

28. December 2012 by benjamin
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Being too literal

Usually being literal in music videos means images that illustrate exactly what the words are saying. Here it’s the inverse: the words exactly describe the images from the camp video for Total Eclipse of the Heart (WARNING: the video quality … Continue reading

22. December 2012 by benjamin
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Bye bye synchronicity

I first considered trying to get custom software written to enable subtle synchronicity between the live music and the lighting. The idea was to process the audio signal and output DMX controls. An approach that fits into Jim Campbell’s ironic … Continue reading

21. December 2012 by benjamin
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Bonjour omnes

This ray begins with a single photon This is a place for notes, ideas, comments and digressions in preparation for the creation of a visual environment to accompany Tenebrae et Lux (Darkness and Light)  

10. December 2012 by benjamin
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