The lunar mare (sea) Lacus Temporis (Lake of Time) is a smooth plain of subtle gradations formed by ancient magma. Likewise, the sound and image composition Lacus Temporis arises from a single, subtle color palette. The continuous animation of nearly 12,000 individual points and the ongoing transformation of one feedback synthesis process render delicate states hovering between visibility and invisibility, audibility and silence, order and uncertainty. A critical mass of stability and pattern coalesces into an illusion of solidity. The seemingly stable, however, readily melts away.
Lacus Temporis was commissioned by Threshold Studios, UK, with the support of Arts Council England. Executive Producers: Barry Hale and Uzma Choudhry.
I produced the sound for Lacus Temporis using a SuperCollider implementation of routines involving a modulated feedback system. I created control processes in MAX/MSP to run the parameters of the feedback synthesis. I created the visual material with a custom plug-in for Apple’s Motion 2 video effects software.
Duration: 8 minutes 25 seconds
Video: This work was authored in high-definition video 720p (1280 x 720), and it relies heavily on the high color and pixel resolution of HD. It can be presented using Quicktime Pro 7.0 or better on a Mac G5 Dual 1.8 Ghz processor or faster. Alternative versions are available for G4 playback or (as a last resort!) standard DVD playback (PAL or NTSC).
Sound: Stereo or Quad. PCM on Quicktime versions, Dolby Digital on DVD