Frozen Music

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

Sound sculptures for a large projection surface.

Cadie Desbiens-Desmeules
Michael Gary Dean

Finding beauty in automated processes, Frozen Music is an audio-visual installation.

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.

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

Frozen Music was created with support from LEV Festival, Canada Council for the Arts and the Fundación Municipal de Cultura de Gijón.