I’m still marvelling at the liberating, but nowadays straightforward, delights of digital photography and the net. Others have taken things oh so much further and are making wild and wonderful multimedia marvellousness. I’m thinking of three people in particular – Alistair, Natalie and an anonymous YouTube user.
Here we have a roaming eye out in the world, a city both specific and universal, juxtaposing snatched moments with each other, with music, repeated visual patterns and variations matched to a deceptively simple and equally haunting piece of music.
Natalie’s world is if anything even huger although filming is confined to the interior of her flat. Just watch A is for Alternative Reality to see how enormous it is. She also made the accompanying music. An even smaller physical space features in A Day at the Seaside – the area of a canvas. The camera moves over one of her paintings exploring the elements that make up the whole, recombining them along a temporal rather than merely two-dimensional framework, again with a custom-composed score.
Alistair too has used moving images and sounds/music together but his most recent multi-media post does not. It has a still image accompanied by a score of his own composition. The additional ingredient here is words. In elizabeth bishop “electrical storm” the poet’s words are used both visually and musically, layered, reorganised, allowed to vibrate and resonate between each other, image and sound.
Such extraordinary and beautiful and loving and breathtaking pieces of work.
(The title owes much to a recent re-discovery/exploration the genius of my youth and gives me an excuse, while in embedding mode, to add the following.)