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experiment: data complex 3 | nostalgia | video art

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The day on the beach brought back memories of beautiful times gone by: She the choreographer and dancer, and he the artist and filmmaker. Together they drifted back to the beginning of their artistic dreams. Fused with the technology of the post-modern world and the collective mindset of a creative construct, they forged ahead into the unknown: History has a way of repeating itself. What is old is new. The same as it ever was. Forever and a day.


experiment: data complex | video art

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“Experiment: Data Complex” the latest video in my “Experiment” series examines our relationships with science, math, society, art and music within the constructs of a Futuristic theme. How do they manifest in our daily lives and what is the critique of their influence? Again for me, it is an exploration of various elements i.e. abstract art, technology and sound. The visual and audio elements of Data Complex are purposely composed in short intervals of sampled imagery and sound; building upon itself as the video progresses. Similar to the process of my digital art compositions, I like to use elements (bits and pieces, 0’s and 1’s) that I previously created to establish a continuous rhythm of structure. Hence the density of sound and the layering of imagery throughout the piece. And as I have stated before, the audio composition and editing is strongly influenced by music styles such as IDM, Ambient, Trance, Neo-Classical, and Glitch. Everything is always in an experimental and exploratory mode. Hope you enjoy the video. Let me know what you think.


45 second video preview | data complex

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I am presently working on my latest “experiment” video entitled “data complex”. It explores the fusion of data complexities in our society i.e. media, technology, art etc. The structure of the video is based on short video data clips, and sampled audio soundscapes. The audio composition and editing is strongly influenced by music styles such as IDM, Neo-Classical, and Glitch and from such artists as Alva Noto, Steinbruchel, Ryoji Ikeda, and featured in this clip, German Baroque composer Johann Pachelbel and his Canon in D Major.


In the Reflective Mirror / Various Artistic Influences 02: Music Playlist

Post Canvas and Paint

10. 13. 2010 6:49 a.m. Post Canvas and Paint series

In continuing the theme of various artistic influences, I
need to first address the musical aspect of the reflective mirror of my
creative journey past and present.  These
posts are simple playlists of music from the past and present that have had
significant influence on my art. In doing these musical playlists and
reviews (some of the reviews are by music critics and fans of the artists), I
hope to introduce my readers to new and exciting music.

  • CD: Xerrox Vol. 2 – Alva Noto (Carsten Nicolai):
    released Dec 01 2008, Genre Electronic

Reproduction, alteration and decay are the main focuses of
Alva Noto’s Xerrox series: the music consists of samples altered by inserting
noise through several rounds of copying. The resulting tracks seem to atomizing be
before your ears, with an occasional effort to coalesce. Where Vol. 1 offered a
sequence of alternating short raw pieces and mid-length ambient tracks, Vol. 2
presents itself as a more even and almost continuous suite of pieces. Vol. 1
was subtitled “Old World”, this one is “To the New World”, but the meaning of
those subtitles remain obscure and might very well be restricted to the
geographical origins of the samples (provided this time around by Stephen O”Malley,
Michael Nyman and Ryuichi Sakamoto). You can either study the copying/decaying
processes used by Carsten Nicolai, or simply dive into this soundworld of
gritty textures, glitch pulses, and skeletal pieces whiteout melodies.

~ Francois Couture, Rovi

I find Alva Noto solo works, and his collaborations with
Ryuichi Sakamoto to be quite beautiful. The technical production quality is
incredibly intricate and well mastered. The music transports you to a world of
micro-tonal sound that envelops and loops itself almost to noise, while
sustaining the mood of silence and space.

Each post under this musical series is accompanied by an image
from my Post Canvas and Paint series. I feel that this particular style of
Electronic music, both the earlier analog space music and the present digital
IDM lends itself quite well to the style of work in the Post Canvas and Paint series.