bret battey • bat hat media

 

Estuaries4

video + sound (2021)

 

Estuaries 4 is the last of my “Estuaries” audio-visual series, which can be viewed as a set of standalone works or ultimately as one large, multi-movement work. Estuaries 4 explores contrasts between intense and frenetic textures and a gentler poetics (with the latter expressed in part through visualisation the mathematical Rosenbrock function).

The “Estuaries” series involves visualizing Nelder-Mead optimization, a process used by mathematicians to find solutions to complex, multi-variable problems that cannot be addressed by solving equations. We see the results of many such routines searching for the brightest points in a source image. The music was created with my Nodewebba software, which interlinks pattern generators to create complex emergent behaviours.

Technical Details

I created the visual material with a custom plug-in for Apple’s Motion 5 video effects software, working in 4k resolution. The connection between the sound and the image was created almost entirely manually — the relationship is not algorithmic.

Presentation Details

Duration: 8:41
Original format: 4k 30 fps Quicktime Lossless, stereo (48kHz, 24 bit)

Presentations

  • Apr, 2022 - The Listening Eye, COMMUTE Festival, Kino Sõprus, Talin, Estonia
  • Mar, 2022 - Tempo Reale, Firenze, Italy [streaming]
  • Dec, 2021 - Synchresis Festival, Musikene, Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain
  • Nov, 2021 - Visible Bits, Audible Bytes, Phoenix Cinema, Leicester, UK [Premiere]