In Magnificat III - Lament,
animation is projected on a large screen behind the solo violinist. Computer
graphics respond in real time to the sound of the live violin and taped
composition. Treated as two discreet audio sources, seperate image elements
react to violin and tape in layers, emphasizing the contrast and interplay
in the music composition.
The visual elements of the animation were initiated as a response to the
Canticle of Mary and to the characterizations I found within Linda's music.
My attempt was to respond to the sublime experience of mother with child,
an experience I will never have first hand. The progression moves from
nature to architectural, with a juxtaposition of dissonance and order,
ending in a convergence of the natural/external and interior/body environments
to arrive in a singularity, or unison, of these elements.
Creating the real time animation for this performance was a new experience.
Working with Linda Dusman over the past several months, I learned about
the process of her composing such a work as Magnificat III Lament. Linda's
approach is highly structural and complex, yet embraces the subtlety and
chance found in performance. Her composing extends well beyond scoring
notes on a scale to the sheer physicality of how Airi Yoshioka's bow interacts
with the strings of her violin. The real time animation responds to the
dynamics and pitch of the music, but cannot do justice to these important
The animation transitions
through several stages in relation to sequences in Linda's composition,
and while image elements continuously respond to the audio, some sequences
are long - I invite the viewer to settle in to the frame and contemplate
the music fully, as opposed to anticipating the next transition.
-- International Festival for Contemporary Performance, New York Spectrum NYC, Caroline Chin, violin, 2013
-- Scotia Festival of Music, Halifax, NS, Airi Yoshioka, violin, 2013
-- Lausanne Summer Festival, Switzerland, 2012
-- Verge Ensemble at The French Embassy, Washington, DC, 2011
-- 7th Annual New Music Festival, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, 2010
-- ElectroMusicWorks 08, Athens, Greece, 2008
-- Florida International University, Miami, 2006
of Women Composers, Piacenza, Italy. September 11, 2005
-- The Upgrade! Montreal: The In & Out of the Sound Studio conference
- Montreal, July 28, 2005
-- FTM 8 - Feminist Theory and Music 8 - The City University of New York,
NYC. June 24, 2005
-- RUCKUS! - Stanford -- University, CA. April 17, 2005
-- RUCKUS! - Fine Arts Recital Hall, UMBC, Baltimore, MD. April 12, 2005