Frozen Music

Previsualization for “Frozen Music”, a generative video installation.

FROZEN MUSIC

Sound sculptures for a large projection surface.

Finding beauty in automated processes, Frozen Music is a video installation of visually composed sound.

As sound and image melt into one another, twisting and intertwining in a strange synesthesia, digital sculptures emerge from cinematic ambiences and delicate melodies. The immense size of a large-format projection immerses audiences into an impressive environment where sound seems to stand still, becoming “frozen” in time.

Collaborators Cadie Desbiens-Desmeules (aka Push 1 stop) and Michael Gary Dean were initially fascinated by the beauty of what sound could look like, “the beauty of the unseen”. When trying to observe audio waveforms as images, sound is usually changing so rapidly that it is often impossible to appreciate a single moment. In Frozen Music, the artists explore a variety of techniques to give the illusion that sound is standing still, while interpreting each shape through sound and music.

Cadie Desbiens-Desmeules
Michael Gary Dean

Materials2-5x DLP projectors or LED Wall, 1x computer, 4-8x loudspeakers.
DimensionsDimensions variable.
Running TimeIndeterminate. Generative composition.
Setup

Large video projection with multi-channel sound.

One video image is projected onto a wall in a large exhibit space. The surface is ideally 15 meters long, covered by multiple video projectors. Rear projection is recommended or LED Wall.

A multi-channel speaker set-up is used to spatialize sound. The minimum number of speakers are dependent on the size of the projection wall.

Credits

Cadie Desbiens-Desmeules [push1stop.com]Michael G. Dean [michaeldean.ca]