Elements (2006)

stereo, quad and 5.1 mixes

Honorable Mention, Eastman Computer Music Center 25th Anniversary Electroacoustic Music Competition, 2006

Watch a medium-resolution version of Elements [QuickTime].

Elements is from “Blood Work,” a series of high-definition video art works by Jawshing Arthur Liou. The video depicts in abstract form the struggle of his young daughter with leukemia, presenting a metaphor for illness and recovery. The images comprise stop-motion animation of painted surfaces and tiny particle-generated renderings of the girl’s body. The sound evolves slowly and complements the images, striking a tone that is sometimes quietly disturbing, other times unabashedly transcendent. Much of the sound comes from ten seconds of vocal melody, performed by the Lebanese soprano, Reem Deeb.


Performances:

  • Hong Gah Museum, Taipei, Taiwan (exhibition), 4/2 - 5/1/2011
  • Sonic Rain Concert Series, University of Oregon School of Music and Dance, Eugene, Oregon, 2/13/2011
  • Wired for Sound Festival, Longy School of Music, Boston, 4/26/2009
  • Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, 10/21/2008
  • International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), Tycho Brahe Planetarium, Copenhagen, Denmark, 8/30/2007
  • Sixteenth Annual Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival, University of Florida, 4/14/2007
  • Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York, 3/8/2007
  • University of Louisville School of Music, 2/5/2007
  • Bellingham Electronic Arts Festival, Bellingham, Washington, 12/3/2006
  • Imagine2 Festival, Memphis, 11/2/2006
  • Human Nature I: The Natural World, SoFA Gallery, Indiana University (exhibition), 10/20 - 11/18/2006
  • CECM Concert, Indiana University School of Music, 4/22/2006
  • Poissant Gallery, Houston (exhibition), 3/10 - 4/23/2006
  • Society for Contemporary Photography, Kansas City (exhibition), 3/3 - 4/22/2006
Elements is included in the Midwest Photographers Project, housed at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago.