Clonal Colonies II: Soft Strata

Clonal Colonies II: Soft Strata
Bret Battey
8'00'' · cgi · colour
2011 | Leicester, UK
Punto y Raya Festival 2016

Clonal Colonies, for Pierrot ensemble (with gongs), video, and computer-realised sound, was commissioned by New York's Avian Orchestra for their botany-themed concert Vegetative States in 2011.

This second movement, Soft Strata, starts with an almost childlike simplicity, from which a series of gentle elaborations culminate in a not-so-gentle interjection. It returns to something akin to its original state, but impelled by evolution to exhibit greater richness and nuance. The first movement, is Fresh Runners, and was awarded a Honorable Mention at Reykjavík Visual Music · Punto y Raya Festival 2014 in Iceland.

I made the video with my Brownian Doughnut Warper plugin for Apple Motion (not yet public, but working on it).

The music was created with the help of my Variable Coupled Map Networks algorithms. I have created Nodewebba software to make these techniques available to home studio users:

Bret Battey
Bret Battey

1967 | Seattle·WA, USA

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Creates electronic, acoustic and multimedia concert works and installations.

He has been a Fulbright Fellow to India and a MacDowell Colony Fellow, and he has received recognitions and prizes from Austria's Prix Ars Electronica, France's Bourges Concours International de Musique Electroacoustique, Spain's Punto y Raya Festival, Abstracta Cinema of Rome, and Amsterdam Film eXperience for his sound and image compositions.

He is a Senior Lecturer with the Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre at De Montfort University, UK.

Lives in Leicester, UK.   +info