Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Oporto apresenta #46

While Darwin Sleeps  by Paul Bush
35 mm film transfered to digital sd file , color, stereo sound, 5', 2004 

Circle of Light
Soundtrack by Delia Derbyshire and  Elsa Stansfield for Pamela  Bone's 35 mm diaporama, (prod. Anthony Roland) color, stereo sound 32' 1972

"One day, on tearing off some old bark, I saw two rare beetles, and seized one in each hand; then I saw a third and new kind, which I could not bear to lose, so that I popped the one which I held in my right hand into my mouth. Alas! it ejected some intensely acrid fluid, which burnt my tongue so that I was forced to spit the beetle out, which was lost, as was the third one."    Charles Darwin

According to Money Mark, the famous keyboard repairman, there is a strong correlation between the sound of the crickets and room temperature. In the song, Insects are all around us, he demonstrates  that the singing rhythm of insects can be a mathematical indicator of the thermal variations of nature.
Delia Derbyshire was an electronic creator whose artificial music was a constant presence on the BBC in the sixties. After creating the futuristic sound effects for Doctor Who, setting a new sound for TV, she ventured into the open fields to make her first direct recordings. Circle of Light sums up years of research. In this soundtrack, which was originally played with Pamela Bone's multiple photo exposures, nature was captured and framed according to Delia's electronic keyboard weaving a unified artificial ecosystem. 
Paul Bush's film While Darwin Sleeps follows Darwin's fixation by beetles that was somehow the starting point of his quest for a unifying principle in Nature. This film describes an important collection of entomology showed at an above human speed. The animation reveals an ontological "meta-bug" that transmutes according to a creative algorithm.

On Friday October the 6,  the last warm night of Summer we will be exposed to the mathematical laws of the planet while listening to the acoustic  frequencies spoken by geometrical insects, birds, and arithmetical keyboards and knobs .

Friday,  Oct 6, 10.30 pm
Oporto new entrance: Calçada Salvador Correia de Sá 42 , 2F, Lisbon

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