Sunday, January 30, 2011

Recent Project- Day in Life

Eventually I want to be able to capture a day in the life as a sequence of presents. Somehow, I want the temporality of that present to appear as more of a presence, of becoming. (Half way through, the frequency which comes in is the Schumann Resonance)

I have been exploring the concept of video-music. I have been chopping up video clips that contain the environmental acoustics captured when they were filmed, and then splicing these clips together in an attempt to arrive at a song composed of that sound intrinsic to images. This is in contrast to music-video which takes separate sound and image and puts them together. My ideas on this concern the synaesthetic experience of our senses with our eyes and ears, and the spontaneity of them both in producing this image born sound. Thus far, the music sounds sporadic and confused, and I am still working on this technique. It might be interesting just to take a look...

I feel it would be nice to include a small meditation film I put together after a trip to the mountains of Colorado a few months ago...

Next, a few clips I took during the lunar eclipse on the winter solstice, 2010! Quite a glorious experience, the full eclipse.

And finally, a music video my friend asked me to make for him. (It is a bit jarring...)

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Thoughts on Visualizing Time

I'm embarking on this new effort to create a visual representation of time as I feel it. Not time as I feel it when I look at a clock, ticking away the uniform moments of "now" linearly, though round and round. I want to figure out a way to visualize the holistic present that I feel when I sit and experience my senses. It won't be easy, but I'll figure it out eventually. Baby steps! This is just my brain getting down what it's thinking.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Language thoughts...

For the Koyukon Indians of NW Alaska, the landscape is considered a source of knowledge. For the Koyukon, the great horned owl is the most skilled prophet of all the birds...yes, birds can tell the future. Its name, for the Koyukon, is nigoodzagha, which means “small ears,” or nodneeya, which means “tells you things.” Certain “phrases” the birds say mean either good, or bad omens. The worst thing the bird can tell you is that you will cry soon, which means someone close to you will die. The bird can predit storms, and let you know you will have a good hunt! It is said that a few decades ago, the great horned owl said the “black bears would cry”…soon, I forget why, I will look, the blackberries in the area, that the bears needed to eat disappeared, and the bears suffered. The interesting thing about Koyukon language, is the extent to which its sounds reflect that of its surrounding natural environment. The name of certain birds, such as the great horned owl, may mean to the Koyukon “small ears,” “tells you things,” to the non-Koyukon speaker, the same sounds would remarkably mimic the sound of the great horned owl. I only know this because some dude, Richard Nelson, studied them. The interactive nature of oral language, blurred the boundaries between what was human, and what was animal or divine.

"Many bird calls are interpreted as Koyukon words...What is striking about these words is how perfectly they mirror the call's pattern, so that someone (outside the tribe) who knows birdsongs can readily identify the species when the words are spoken in Koyukon. Not only the rhythm comes through, but also some of the tone, the "feel" that goes with it."

Language was not something on paper, as you read this; the letters in these words represent phonetic pockets, sounds that a human makes that we represent in these little figures. You are turning them into sound in your head. Your vision and auditory perception are being blurred. Can you hear what you see here? For the Koyukon people, there was no written component to language. It was an expression of nature. It’s a big difference, aye?

I was reading this sweet book Spell of the Sensuous for three hours at work today, now I can't stop thinking about it.