Chief Investigator

Melissa Carey

School or Research Centre

School of Arts and Social Sciences

Lead Partner Organisation

Southern Cross University

Contact

Dr Melissa Carey, Southern Cross University, PO Box 157, Lismore NSW 2480, Australia.

melissa.carey@scu.edu.au

Keywords

Graphic synthesis, digital composition, musical composition, graphic design.

Description

The tenth sound track in a series of sound files produced as part of PhD thesis, titled 'Intermedia Frottage: visual representation of music & aural representation of image'.

A suite in three parts, with all component sounds in each part created from moth images. For some sounds, images have been subjected to transformations such as repetition (the visual equivalent of the audio loop); compression or expansion; 'morphing' of several images together; and also used as graphic filters.

Some of the resulting sounds have been re-rendered as images, to begin the cycle of transformation again, or to provide spectrographic images for the visual score.

Component sounds and images have been layered and arranged in correlatory order, with use of visual lighting effects, a frottage enhancement suggested by the moths' compelling attraction to light. The movies feature a complete, stationary image at the bottom of the screen, while a larger image scrolls past above.

The sound files are in a compressed format, and the full fidelity audio CD is available for loan with the exegesis from Southern Cross University Library (or from the creator). Similarly, the imagery is not available on the website collection, but a DVD or imagery is also available for loan with the exegesis from Southern Cross University Library (or from the creator).

Data Collection Start Date

2003

Data Collection End Date

2007

Methodology

With the use of graphic synthesis software, the composer can draw sounds directly on the sound canvas. This means that sounds can be written to as well as read from the image. The image takes on the role of a graphic score, from which multiple readings, or interpretations are possible.

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.

FoR Code

1904; 1905

Data Processing

Processing and analysis through Metasynth (U&I Software); Corel Photo-Paint; Spectrogram (Visualization Software LLC); Phonogramme (V. Lesbros)

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