Dissecting Muybridge Series

Dissecting Muybridge recontextualizes Eadweard Muybridge’s late nineteenth century chronophotography, to both critique and analyze the language of film through the immediacy of video. The work is divided into three parts that trails the moving image’s evolution into film, analog video, and digital video

Dissecting Muybridge Part I: The Moving Image, 14 min 14 sec, 720x480 SD, 2014

Technical details: Image processing utilized the Signal Culture studio during my Feb. 2014 artist residency, specifically the analog video Hearn videolab and modular synthesis for image and sound creation. The source material was created by making videos from Muybridge's photographs and custom code developed in Processing, then manipulated in After Effects and Premiere Pro.

Dissecting Muybridge Part II: Structures of Time, 15 min 17 sec, 720x480 SD, 2014

Technical details: Image processing utilized the Signal Culture studio during my Feb. 2014 artist residency, specifically the analog video Hearn videolab and modular synthesis for image and sound creation. The source material was created by making videos from Muybridge's photographs and custom code developed in Processing, then manipulated in After Effects and Premiere Pro.

Dissecting Muybridge Part III: Limits of Chronophotography, 14 min 51 sec, 720x480 SD, 2014

Technical details: Footage was all made digitally using custom code (a lot of For Loops) via Processing. Sound was developed by custom software in MAX/MSP for analyzing luminescence and pixel movement direction translated into control voltage for analog synthesis. You can see the setup in the making of below.

Multiplying Muybridge, Audio-Visual Performance, 12-15 min, 1920 x 1080 HD, 2015

Multiplying Muybridge was first performed at Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York for the opening of Performing Media: Works by Signal Culture Artists in Residence an exhibition curated by Signal Culture, Friday, September 19th, 2014 through January 11th, 2015.

Multiplying Muybridge is a hybrid analog/digital performance that utilizes an analog synthesizer to create real-time pattern generation in processing. Processing sends those frames then to Max/MSP for live chroma-keying. Direct changes to the audio change how you see the layers of video. Audio is controlled via interacting with the synthesizers LFO’s, depth sensors connected to control voltage to synth, and variables from drift speed from processing controls pitch on two VCOs.

This is a behind the scenes experiment (WIP) with multi-channel sound producing various shapes, colors, and augmenting size. These color's would then be used to create a multi-layer key for 7 layers of video. This demonstrations used a digital synth to get an idea for the  possibilities and was later replaced by an analog synth, which produces more complex patterns.

Eric Souther “Multiplying Muybridge” Live Video & Audio Performance: Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center, 2016

 

This performance is generously supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation, The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes & New York State Council on the Arts.

© 2020 Eric Souther