Seen at Mutek, Comaduster’s piece “Scrape” is a sumptuous, sensual photographic feast of macro imagery. Amidst audiovisual work that has tended to narrow aesthetic bands like minimalism or slick 3D futurism, I find work like this stimulating as a suggestion of the kind of explorations to come. With digital media wide-open by design, there’s really no limit to how things can look and sound. Here’s what the artist has to say about this early preview from half a year ago; I don’t know yet if there’s video of the Mutek version.

This is an in progress demo for ‘scrape’, an audio visual piece I’m working on. I’ve performed a preliminary performance of it, but it is an on going learning process.
The visual focus is on macro videography, and all of the visuals are achieved completely with my camera (no 3d rendering or design).
I used a Canon T2i with a Tameron 90mm f2.8 macro, and a kenko extension tube set. Custom dollies were made with lego and rubber washers to smooth out the lego wheel motion.
The visuals are a little rough at the moment, very little post processing has been applied.
The visuals are matched with a dark ambient sound scape, but it later drifts in to glitch and micro house regions. Most of the drones and textures were created on a Eurorack modular and manipulated in Ableton Live.

  • http://vade.info vade

    I love this kind of stuff. Awesome work.

  • http://www.karlsadler.com karl

    beautiful. love the simplicity

  • http://dietervandoren.net dtr

    Pretty. Quite similar to Ofer Smilanski's work: http://www.smilansky.nl/#transience

  • http://alivemachine.com machine

    Great use of legos.  The quality of the images might transcend the need for video glitch fx.

  • http://www.scobot.com scobot

    Anyone interested in this "micro" look should check out the $59 "Eyeclops Bionic Eye" http://www.amazon.com/EyeClops-Bionic-Eye-Multizo

    I've played around with it and it's pretty cool – not HD, but I like feeding the composite cable into my V4 – though the micro video feed of the carpet in my studio is kind of creepy.