Sinus Aestum

Sinus Aestum
Bret Battey
8'30'' · cgi · colour
2009 | Leicester, UK
Punto y Raya Festival 2011


Sinus Aestum (Bay of Billows) is a smooth, dark lunar plain articulated by threads of white dust, like the tips of flowing waves.
Drawing from this image, the sound and image composition "Sinus Aestum" presents one sound-synthesis process and nearly 12,000 individual points, which are continually transformed and warped, restrained and released, without cuts, to form compound waves of activity moving through unstable states between plateaus of pitch and noise. Mathematical processes are transformed into a contemplation of the continual ebb and flow of human experience.

The visuals were created with a custom-programmed plugin for Apple's Motion 3 video effects software, involving 3D rotational algorithms and Brownian noise displacement applied to masses of individual points.

Both the sound and the image are 'editless'; they flow as a single process through continual manipulation of parameters of the generating visual or sonic algorithm.
The music was created with custom SuperCollider code implementing specially modified digital feedback loops, controlled by processes coded in MAX/MSP.
The complex image gestalts were matched to the sound gestalts through a painstaking manual process of detailed keyframe editing of controls of the visual algorithm.

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