Greg Pope. live cinema/film/performance

OPTICAL SOUND, TRACKED.

DTKs Feb 23rd 2020

the-sound-drifts

A collection of work which plays with the sonic and the seen. Many of the works here engage materially with the idea of image as sound, sound as image.

Weekend
Walter Ruttmann (DE/soundtrack/ 1930/11mins)
A radio cinema piece, made using elemental cine sound recordings. An aural montage that predates much later French experiments in musique concrete.

Jerome Noetinger Stefano Canapa (IT/35mm/ 2018 /12mins)
Solo in front of the camera, the musician/improviser Jérôme Noetinger plays his reel to reel tape recorder, he manipulates a complex sonic organism through the power of recording and playback – using microphonic captures, electromagnetic static, and random radio.

Notes From Light Music Lis Rhodes (UK/ 16mm to digital/1975-77 /12mins)
A compressed, single-screen version of Rhodes’ famous fusion of optical sound and image. The ‘score’ in this work is divided into five movements which are characterised by their differing duration, pitch and accent of sounds.

Railings Guy Sherwin (UK/ 16mm /1977/ 7mins)
This particular film makes use of the aural effect of visual perspective; the steeper the perspective on the railings, the closer the intervals of black and white, and the higher the frequency of sound.

Soundtrack Guy Sherwin (UK /16mm/ 1977/ 9mins)
A continuous take through the open window of a train travelling at high speed horizontal divisions create the synchronised soundtrack to the film. Here distance (perspective) affects pitch, and tonality affects volume.

Primal  Vicky Smith (UK /16mm/ 2016/10mins)
Primal is an abstract raw animation made directly onto the filmstrip. Light is released from the unprocessed film. Sounds are created through rubbing materials against the mic and emphasize the rudimentary urgency of the visual marks.

Abject Noise Bea Haut (UK/ 16mm/ 2014 / 3mins)
Dissolving the usual boundaries of framing and structure, this is an extended format film, asking the viewer to see what isn’t in view and to hear the shape of things.

The Sound Drift  Stefano Canapa (IT/ 35mm/ 2019/ 8mins)
Using the soundtrack of Canapa’s previous film ‘Jérome Noetinger’, Canapa replaces the filmed image with the optical soundtrack as image, with hypnotic effect.

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April 27, 2020 at 11:44 am

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