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2_Invention, Plasticity and Visual Music 3_Animation and Non-Fiction In Process

Maya Deren

Meshes of the afternoon is a short experimental film directed by wife-and-husband team Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid. The film’s narrative is circular and repeats several motifs, including a flower on a long driveway, a key falling, a door unlocked, a knife in a loaf of bread, a mysterious Grim Reaper–like cloaked figure with a […]

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Research 2.3 Visual Music

Abstract Animation or Visual Music Abstract animation of music originated in early experiments to develop machinesto link the musical scale with a corresponding scale of colour and light. The first of such machines was developed long before the advent of film, in 1730 by French mathematician Louis Bertrand Castel. His Ocular Harpsichord replaced the pitches […]

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2_Invention, Plasticity and Visual Music Animation Techniques In Process

Sound Design

Foley sound Sound libraries

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2_Invention, Plasticity and Visual Music In Process Inspiration

Stan Brakhage

Stan Brakhage, (1933-2003) was an American non-narrative filmmaker. He is considered to be one of the most important figures in 20th-century experimental film. Brakhage’s films seek to reveal the universal, in particular exploring themes of birth, mortality, sexuality, and innocence. Influenced by German and Abstract Expressionism and his own visual impairment, he explores the nature of the ‘untutored eye’ where perception […]

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Research 2.2 Debate on the use and misuse of sound in animation

Should animations be:– purely visual– mostly visual but supplemented with sound– an integral combination of the two– sound as the driving force for the visuals? “A truth whispered among animators is that 70% of a show’s impactcomes from the sound track.” Michael Dougherty, Sound in Animation (2015) “I think really for the art of the […]

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Research 2.1: Exploring Material Precedents

TASK:Identify animations that explore materials and use interesting techniques that you find visually engaging.Document your choices by creating a folder of animations you find interesting on your Vimeo page or list them in your learning log. Choose at least two animations and provide a critique of their method. Try to choose one animation that you […]