Line Dance

Line Dance
John Osborne
Don Ross
4'20'' · cgi · colour
2016 | Edmonton·AB, Canada
Punto y Raya Festival 2016

Line Dance is an animated video created to a musical composition written and performed by Edmonton clarinetist Don Ross.

Using a single line as the source graphic and Adobe After Effect’s particle system software, a fluid sequence of line constructs were synchronized to the music. The forms were further enhanced with a changing background and foreground colour palette.

The video attempts to rise above it simple graphical form to evoke the emotional feel of lines dancing to the music.

Clarinetist Don Ross plays both classical and avant guard music alone or as a member of various ensembles. 

The music in this piece was originally created for a concert and modified for this work.

John Osborne
John Osborne
> Director

1944 | London, UK

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John began experimenting with abstract images and film in the late sixties and later worked for two years as the principle operator at a computer animation studio in London, England. The studio’s novel hybrid analogue computer was used to make some of the first computer animated television commercials in the UK.

In 1975, John returned to Canada and began a 30-year career with a large multinational company working on Ontario, Alberta and Michigan in areas of information technology and environmental research, but continued his interest in the visual arts.

In early 2000, he returned to the computer as a creative tool and began experimenting with mathematical algorithms to generate patterns and abstract images.
He began to animate these images to music, which he often composed himself.
To compliment this activity and to explore more traditional animation themes, John began working with "After Effects", a commercial 2-D software package used for animation and special effects.

In general, John is interested in the relationship between sounds and images and exploring those through computer and video techniques.

Over the last few years he has had films shown at festivals in North America and Europe.

Lives in Edmonton·AB, Canada.   +info

Don Ross
Don Ross
> Soundtrack Composer


Clarinetist Don Ross is the leader of Saint Crispin’s Chamber Ensemble.

Since 1994 the group has been broadcast frequently on CBC radio and has recordings on the Clef Records, Arktos and Eclectra labels. Don also appears regularly as a soloist and orchestra player, most recently with the Edmonton and Prince George Symphonies and the Edmonton Opera.

He is at the forefront of the Edmonton new music scene and is a frequent collaborator with Mile Zero Dance, the Edmonton Composers’ Concert Society and the Boreal Electroacoustic Music Society.

He is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre. Don teaches at Alberta College Conservatory and The King’s University College. He holds music degrees from the Universities of Alberta and Toronto, as well as a Master’s from Northwestern University in Chicago.

Lives in Edmonton·AB, Canada.   +info