Month: February 2015

‘ONES’ WEEK 2 -sound for location 2-

‘ONES’

2 women
2 countries
2 voices
2 disciplines
2 intuitions
2 rhythms
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1 installation

Miku_falling©ANNE•_2014

 

 

WEEK 2

[16-02-15 Japan] Miku:

Anne’s sounds = many of them have material / object / man made kind of edgy, sharp and hard sounds. Nature vs man made objects. Characteristics of the city. However, some of the sounds have both qualities of hard and soft, which reminds me of my body (soft) vs buildings / objects (hard) during the shooting.
Miku’s sound = softer, blur, abstract, round sounds. Many of them are water related sounds. Although, the second location was by the seaside, I was interested in using the sound of different forms of water to create a friction between visual and audible.

Questions
– Using the sound that is related to the object in the frame… Is this too literal? Does it pull away the audience, or does it emphasize the idea / theme?
– Do we always need to use the sound that is not literal? How much friction do we need between visual and audible?
– Am I choosing sounds according to my visual memories or kinaesthetic memories of the location?  What would be the difference if I chose visually or kinaesthetically?

More Thoughts
– Mix of natural sounds and man made sounds can be an interesting mix of quality. It causes friction. It creates the elastic world (non-fixed, ever-changing imaginational world)
– Choosing sounds according to the location’s quality, such as the quality of the objects/materials, spaces, lightings, density, colours, and more…
– Unexpected non-related sound has a possibility to re-shape the location differently. Visual effect could emphasize OR it could ruin the whole picture.

[16-02-15 UK] Anne Point:

Thoughts on location 2:

Japan sounds – precise and rhythmic ‘submerging with the body of dancers into the world created on the digital canvas.’

UK sounds – echoing rhythms ‘following the lines in a hard vs soft distance’

This week Miku and I both had a longer list of sounds. It almost seemed that location 2, being at the sea sight, directed us automatically towards water sounds. It is funny however, that the both of us collected mechanic water sounds or water that seems to have been contained rather than being natural water sounds.

The question if we want to emphasize either the body or the space with the sounds, led our conversation into interesting paths of how we watch and remember our footage. Example: ‘If we have a hard surface within the location on the canvas, would we rather use echoing sharp sounds or muffled sounds as to give a juxtaposition of what you see and hear?’

A lot of the sounds were open to interpretation, thus helicopters and frying pans made their appearance in our minds eye were there were non. This made me very aware of the potential to manipulate the expectations and the perception of our footage by future spectators. Here my fascination for playing with what we know and what we think we know in order to come to a new experience is getting another major impulse.

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‘ONES’ Process1: Collecting Sounds

 

‘ONES’

2 women
2 countries
2 voices
2 disciplines
2 intuitions
2 rhythms
————–
1 installation

miku1

 

 

 

PROCESS 1: Collecting Sounds

WEEK1: Location 1 (Feb 9, 2015)

[09-02-15 UK] Miku Tsuchiya:

Some of my thoughts after the 1st feedback / review session with Anne.

– Sound creates different environments, feelings, emotions, and imagination of each individual person. Depending on your background, one simple sound can transform into a million things.

– The human voice has such a strong presence. It connects with us right away. As soon as we recognize it, it’s challenging for us to imagine more than just a voice.

– When the pitch of the sound is really high, to me it becomes un-grounded, this way my body on the film can’t really connect to the sound itself. It doesn’t evoke my imagination much. This feels out of the body.

– Two intuitions create such an interesting mix of two different worlds.

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[09-02-15 UK] Anne Point:
Thoughts on Location 1
UK – 3 sounds recorded: ‘Echoing city’
Japan – 4 sounds recorded: ‘Clear rhythms’

We both think that the sounds of the other person are clearer. This ‘clearness’ may stem from the fact that we were not there in person recording it, so we don’t have the other inputs from the space like colour, size or usage (original/traditional use of public space).
Human voices have a tendency to create stereotypical ‘drama’, where machines produce more of a rhythm. In my opinion it would be interesting to separate the body on film from too recognizable sounds, so it gets the possibility to create its own sound and rhythm.
Distortion of sounds by isolating parts of it and slowing these parts down, speeding them up, muffle them or increase their higher or lower tones.

Cross Border Research Project | Dance + Film

Since October 2014,  I’ve been working on the research project of film and dance with visual artist and scenographer, Anne Verheij, who is now based in London, UK.

This collaborative project has started with the interest of how we can put film and dance together without killing each others artistic voice? How can we keep two artists’ presence equally in one frame?

When we started, we had no specific goals or plans other then our curiosity in each other. We wanted to PLAY, and CREATE something that came out of the combining of our different disciplines: It is an experiment!

In October 2014, we started filming sessions in several locations throughout London and Brighton. Together we explored various spaces and environments through movement and film. We were interested in how those spaces will change, affect or shape both our vision and our body. This resulted in a handful of rich and interesting materials by the time I left London.

After I moved back to Japan, we didn’t want to stop our journey. Instead, we decided to continue our exploration across the borders of our countries!
We now have taken the next step in our journey to plan the project as a long term process in which we will individually edit the footage we have chosen together to come back again in creating a final product in the form of an installation.

As part of the project, both Anne and I will keep the records of our creative process by posting our thoughts / reflection on each one’s blog.

(Anne’s blog: http://annepointcinema.com)

If you’re interested in our process, please follow us!

Concept
Working title: ‘ONES’

2 women
2 countries
2 voices
2 disciplines
2 intuitions
2 rhythms
————–
1 installation

miku1

Photo by ©ANNE• 2014