Archives for category: Lightwriting

 

back in April I headed down to London’s south bank with the incredibly talented songwriter Sam Brookes to shoot some pictures for his new album, here are my 2 favourites + a performance of his i was at sometime last year:

here’s a 2 minute short i made recently. it was meant to be an exercise in designing sound for non-narrative film.

 

the footage was intended to look at the interplay / conflict between light and darkness, literally and metaphorically .. the footage was shot in my room and in a local graveyard during the snow at the beginning of February.. i based the structure of the film and it’s content on this quote from John’s gospel_

“the light shines in the darkness but the darkness has not understood it”

the sound was intended to mirror the visuals, i went for a mixture of lighter / organic / minimally processed sounds with some much heavier / digital / distorted / dark noises .. the sounds were created using (not simultaneously) street noise, water, an empty bathtub, an extractor fan, my mouth, a speaker, leaves / branches. oh, and a piano..

here’s a long exposure photo i took of the film playing on a projector screen after it’s production_

today i experienced one of the most eye-opening, disturbing, life-affirming and depressing films i’ve seen..

Ray Kurzweil is a modern day genius/techno-prophet – inventor of many many things technological and proponent of the exponential increase in the integration of human intelligence with artificial intelligence.. basically, what he sees as the inevitable fusion of man and machine.

Barry Ptolemy’s Transcendent Man, a feature length documentary, centers around Kurzweil’s reluctance to accept the inevitability of death and the existential implications of the potential integration of artificial intelligence to the human body he speaks of – to prolong, or ultimately, render obsolete, our own mortality..

The film expands on Ray’s worldview by providing intimate insights into both his technological accomplishments and the adolescent experiences which have undeniably shaped his inventions and thought processes, in particular – the loss of his father to heart disease at a young age. What’s so inspiring and moving about the film is seeing Kurzweil’s zest for life, his commitment to health and wellbeing, his yearning for eternity – the subject matter very quickly transcends technological advancement and cuts into the core of what it means to be human; what it means to live..

Ptolemy does a spectacular job of impartially balancing the scientific with the spiritual and (quite rightly) intertwining the two – Kurzweil’s technoprophecies are criticised, destructively and constructively, by fellow scientists and contemporary thinkers..

Ray’s utopian fantasies are counterbalanced by dystopian nightmares and every now and then a patch of middle ground speaks up and reassures the viewer.. It’s a genuinely fascinating film, the content of which i’d argue every human alive right now should be aware of.

On a personal note – i struggled massively with some of Kurzweil’s ideas. I mean – what he ultimately hints at at is the artificial perfection of our flawed “old software” – our genetic makeup – in doing so – pointing to the deification of the human race – a species capable of omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence..  one of his final quotes in the film was – “does God exist? not yet” //

I’m just as up for immortality as the next guy, i do believe that we’re hard-wired to crave it (and it’s source) but i don’t know, i’m just not that up for sharing my soul on some pseudo-celestial facebook and being perpetually reincarnated as a PC,

ok, maybe as a mac.

no.

;]

“he has set eternity in the heart of mankind” Ecclesiastes 3:11

oh.. and here are some photo collages i did after the film ..

was at a launch party for a new section of a gallery on the edge of Norwich on Saturday night.. the party was cool but the snow stole the show. this is a photo i took on the night, it was then edited by a friend (the very talented Rob Simonsen) who then passed it back to me for some further remixing_

 

i recorded this EP back in December 2011 in south London .. an American friend inspired me to compose some stuff for snow and that’s what this is – a collection of 3 improvised pieces of music designed to synchronise your ears with the weather you’re currently experiencing (if you live in the UK, or anywhere else that’s snowing)

> FREE download .. PLEASE share if you like it .. and enjoy <

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hi. its been a while again. oops.

saw two films over the weekend _

Lars & The Real Girl + The Descendants

“Lars And..” was (in my opinion) phenomenalnarrative at it’s best: original, engaging, hilarious, emotive, redemptive .. backed up by a stellar performance from Mr Gosling (who really must return my hat some day) and highly credible acting (the kind that could have potentially, in part, rescued Warhorse) from the supporting cast + beautiful score from David Torn … been meaning to see the film for years having bought some of the music years ago, happened to arrive on my birthday (28. yuck. let’s not go there) which was nice..  a reclusive & delusional 27 year old forges a relationship with a sex doll- whom he animates and presents as real to himself and the world around him .. the film (contrary to preconceptions) is not even remotely sexual, mental health all the way .. i wont spoil anything but the way the story unfolds is absolutely magical, painting such a beautiful picture of the life an inclusive community can radiate_ it’s inspiring.

“The Descendants” was also good, good – not brilliant. definitely worth a watch, maybe i’d buy it.. again, credible performances (clooney = particularly so) , redemptive narrative – guy starts with an unresolved tear in his marriage and two fractured relationships with his daughters and ends the film with a fully resolved / whole (unconventionally so) appreciation for the flawed and beautiful character of his soon-to-be-dead wife (“my pain, my love”) and restored relationships, friendships even, with his two girls  .. enjoyed the story, actually found myself feeling appreciative by the end of it, not the slightest bit depressed.

anyway anyway _ what i found really fascinating and strangely coincidental was the way in which both films (highly successfully) revolved around inanimate central characters (in some senses- almost protagonists) … its a great narrative tool, one which i’ll try to remember in the future . done. bye

here are some photo/collages i made recently_

UEA/donkey sanctuary.