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March 22, 2013

Graduate Thesis Video: Cross-Talk



This semester is my last at Mills College, where I am finishing up my Masters thesis  in Electronic Music and Recording Media. For the past several months, I’ve been creating my thesis piece for the graduate showcase concert series, Signal Flow. Over the course of my graduate studies, I have worked on a lot of audio/visual pieces in the form of short videos. With this newest piece, one of my goals was to create a large-scale piece that expands on the subjects in my previous works. Check out the video after the jump!

Cross Talk explores the aesthetic and sonic characteristics of various household electronics. As a child, I often imagined that the computers and machinery surrounding me were alive, and the piece seeks to recreate this wonder by focusing on elements from each appliance that define their character and personality. These images are abstracted through the use of focus shifting and extreme closeups; the accompanying audio is a sound collage which creates the illusion of conversation from various recordings of technology rather than attempting to realistically represent on-screen events.

– Daniel.

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