"This is utterly phenomenal and without doubt one of the most elegant unifications of light and music I have so far had the pleasure to experience."
— Chamber Music Today
Sinus Aestum (Bay of Billows) is a dark lunar plain articulated by threads of white dust, like tips of flowing and silent waves. Drawing from this image, the sound and image composition Sinus Aestum presents one sound-synthesis process and nearly 12,000 individual points, which are continually transformed and warped, restrained and released, without cuts, to form compound, multi-dimensional waves of activity — moving through unstable states between plateaus of pitch and noise. Mathematical processes are transformed into a contemplation of the continual ebb and flow of human experience.
I produced the sound for Sinus Aestum 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 30 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
Finalist: Best of the Fest — Red Stick International Animation Festival 2010, Baton Rouge, USA
Cine Trans Europe
December, 2009 - Amsterdam Film eXperience, Smart Cinema, Amsterdam, Netherlands
April, 2010 - European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück, Germany
April, 2010 - Festival international Signes de Nuit, Paris, France
November, 2010 - Alternativa Independent Film Festival, Barcelona, Spain
Instant Cinema (Center for Visual Music channel), Netherlands