I am currently working on a collaborative piece based upon the French composer and organist Jehan Alain’s seminal piece – Litanies.
I first heard this piece in 2013 during a tour with Simon Brett and a choir at Exeter Cathedral, UK. I have heard it a few times since then and have subsequently felt inspired to work on an animation based upon this piece.
The piece, composed in 1939 in the atonal style, is influenced on a train journey and later dedicated to one of Alain’s sisters who died tragically in a climbing accident not soon after the piece was created.
The self-similar repetition of the musical phrases lends itself to the reiteration of a visual fractal, hence my interest and keenness to work with this piece.
Simon Brett played Litanies as the finale to his organ recital at Dunblane Cathedral in July 2015 – the recording of this is the audio soundtrack to my project. My thanks to Simon and everyone up there for this.
I have been working Mandelbulber and have tonight found some amazing images:
My contribution to this brilliant Heritage Lottery Funded Project.
The piece is entitled “The First Half Hour” .
It commemorates the opening minutes of the Battle of the Somme. My paternal grandfather, Private Fred Tregurtha (No. 28782) took part in this. He was one of the 11th Battalion East Lancashire Regiment, otherwise known as the ‘Accrington Pals’
Exhibition at the Atrium, University Centre Blackburn College.
Wednesday 25 – Friday 28 November 2015.
The ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Community Altered Books Digital Interventions exhibition is now online! This exhibition includes a couple of images from my Jabberwocky series
The images will also be included in a showreel at the 2015 SIGGRAPH conference this August at the LA Conference Center, USA.
Here’s some experiments using Mandelbulber, a program developed by Krzyszof MARCZAK:
Here’s the stills for the Jabberwocky
I’m in the throes of learning the Jabberwocky’s words backwards. As Alice read the book by looking at its reflection in the mirror, I am trying to get the same audio effect by reciting the poem backwards, then reversing it. I remember a similar technique done through David Lynch’s Twin Peaks character The Man From Another Place.
This is one of the images I created as part of my first Master’s degree (MA Printmaking), which I studied twenty years ago at Camberwell College of Arts, London.
It was one of my early attempts at using the new Layers feature in Photoshop 3 (in previous versions you had a floating selection which was committed to a flattened image for life once it was deselected).
I was in the phase of starting to mix photography (non-digital), printmaking (in this instance mezzotint) and digitally originated fractals (KPT Fractal Explorer extension for Photoshop 2.5) to generate hybrid collages.
I am in the process of revisiting the Jabberwocky, a nonsense poem which appears in Lewis Carroll’s 1871 children’s story Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There.
The dragon-like filigree qualities of the fractal element reminded mr of John Tenniel’s famous illustration.
Note at this stage that the the name Jabberwock refers to the beast, the Jabberwocky is the poem itself. Although in my original image I refer to the beast, my subsequent exploration will involve the whole poem.
In my remakes I intend to explore the poem through a variety of media, including traditional print, book art, video, animation and augmented reality (Aurasma). Busy times are ahead!