1W13-1 Experiment # 2: Individual Study of Sound and Black and White

3 12 2007

Through this experiment, I explored the idea of disruption in lieu of my collision collaboration with Moshe Ladanga. With it, I also began experimenting with sound; forming meaning through the combination of seemingly disparate things.

For the image, I learned that it is best to find a strong simple idea, and then to delve into the different elements (combining several techniques like photography, animation and final cut). But the trick is really keeping it simple. At first, I got quite lost knowing that I could do so many things with it, but then I realized that if I just choose one evocative image and then dive into that, I get to explore. Here, I was able to find the transformation of black on white (black image, white background) to the opposite (white image, black background). I found it during the process of transforming the different elements in the work. I am quite happy with the results, especially because I didn’t know how the film was going to end. Sometimes, this is better because you find new ways of expressing yourself. Like some ‘aha’ moment. I think I have that problem of going into a film knowing its end (my background in filmmaking). This process is teaching me the opposite…start with a good beginning (strong, simple, specific) then dive in as deep as you can.

Regarding the sound, much of my inspiration came from the Sound Workshop we had with Matthais Kispert last week. He stressed how instrinsic the connection is between sound and image. He mentioned that he has experimented with starting with sound then adding image and vice versa. According to him, when the image leads, one has greater freedom in forming meaning. He suggested using natural sound, and playing with it…connecting the image with something different in order to form something greater. This is what I did with this experiment.

Aside from putting music (which is a first for me) through manipulating some apple loops, I experimented with train and machine sounds to evoke the disruption I explored in the image.

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