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You'll notice a new link in the sidebar of my works,
though the work has been up a while actually.
It's to a youtube entitled BAJALICA or "Healing Chant."
Natasha Bogojevich, a wonderful contemporary composer,
wanted to write a piece for various instruments (winds in
the case of this version, though not all) electronic drone
and video. Natasha and I have collaborated on 4 pieces,
3 of which have been completed and the fourth to be
performed in the fall or winter. I think she's a genius, but
at first I didn't know why she wanted visuals to add to
her incredibly powerful music.
After I was done though, I realized that my images were
an intensifier to her work. For one thing, most people
don't have attention for new music anymore. The
images help keep the mind still, so the ears can listen.
(It's somewhat analogous for my needing to write in
a coffee shop surrounded by noise and distractions.)
She had one important rule. No images of people.
It was the exact right amount of direction I needed to
figure out how to set images which help other peoples
eyes really hear her music not only with their ears but
with their whole nervous system, electrified up and
down the spinal chord.
Bajalica pt 1
BAJALICA Pt 2
I shot this with a consumer grade still camera set on
video. I knew I couldn't compete with great
cinematographers on professional equipment, so
I went the other day, focusing especially on
different forms of movement.
This video has been shown dozens of times
as part of live performance, including at the Maryenski
Theater, the most famous theater in Russia.