SEEING SOUND BATH SPA UNIVERSITY 23RD NOVEMBER 2013
Ireti Olowe – REAL-TIME GRAPHIC VISUALIZATION OF MULTI-TRACK SOUND
An electronic sound piece that is at once ordered and dissonant
Sounds 80’s, electro-pop
He attempts to find new ways of visualising sound. He combines different streams of audio to create an interestingly layered field.
He believes that the ‘accents that litter our everyday experiences become an afterthought’
KEYNOTE for my Mac
I have previously displayed waveforms that correspond to sounds so find Ireti’s new way of visualising sound stimulating.
the colour of silence
WHAT IS the colour of silence?
photo-chemical film and digital technology
16mm and HD digital transfers, modern HD technology
One of the pleasures of watching the John and James Whitney Programme’s earlier work (1944 – 1974) was the photo-chemical look – the crackles, the spots, the distortion and grain. All of the image, from the top to the bottom of the frame, had a softness and a unity that contrasted the jagged edges and inconsistent resolutions of the modern HD digital pieces.
Even though Whitney is sometimes considered the father of computer graphics, his pieces, especially ‘Permutations’ (1966) occupy an interesting space where he hadn’t yet accomplished the ‘sharper than eyesight’ resolutions of today but it is perfectly apparent that a computer has rendered the images. It looks strangely organic. The computer isn’t struggling to render the images, so there is a smoothness
to the image that the ‘Fixed Media Works’ can’t match.
Looking at ‘Permutations’, it perhaps looks closer to hand-animated title sequences produced with cels.