New work, Convolve

Convolve (2019)

My latest work, an AV peice called ‘Convlve’, will be premiered at De Montfort University next week along woth new works by my colleagues. The link to the event is here

Convolve (2019)  – 11:22

By Neal Spowage

Convolve is an unexpected and pleasant by-product of another ongoing creative research project that studies the relationship between sound and movement using long delays, acoustics and physical gesture to control live acoustic feedback. Convolve is also a reaction to much of the video art that I have experienced over many years.

I have used reverbs and delays as an instrument to convolve frequencies produced by a simple home made oscillator. Minute shifts of parameters in long repeats and reverbs phase waves and cancel or add frequencies. The slow convoluted movement of both the sound and the image is directed through feel and intuition and is intended to elicit emotion by making the observer uncomfortable and/or anxious from the adverse effects of monotony and expectation. The method and process is derived from interfering with, or re-directing, existing generative processes that result from the long reverbs and delays. It is closely connected to the relationship between sound and visual movement and investigates perception of minute movements that are congruent with the oscillations, beating and phasing of the audio.

It is intended to be presented in a dark room on a large screen in stereo for full immersive effect.


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