Rain-Death Variations (Pisces)

Rain-Death Variations (Pisces)
Ying Tan
2'00'' · cgi · colour
2011 | Portland·OR, USA
Punto y Raya Festival 2011


“Rain-Death Variations (Pisces)” is a short animation inspired by Pulitzer Prize winning composer George Crumb’s music of the same title from his Makrokosmos, Volume II. In the spirit of visual music, I create moving image sequences to express my feelings about this music. I respond to the music in a way that is direct and intuitive, not analytical and mechanical. It is my intention to use abstract visual composition to allow open connections to the music, and to correspond to the music’s larger gestures/framework without trying to match every note. It is not my goal to illustrate or interpolate this music but to pursue an imaginative and poetic audiovisual experience.

“Rain-Death Variations (Pisces)” by George Crumb (from his Makrokosmos, Volume II)

Ying Tan
Ying Tan

1956 | Qingdao, China

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Ying Tan is an associate professor in digital art at University of Oregon. Tan’s creative practice, both as an artist and designer, has resulted in a range of work that includes film, video, animation, digital imaging, landscape painting, and communication design.

Her work has been exhibited or screened nationally and internationally at venues such as the International Image Festival (Manizales, Colombia); XXX Fuori Festival (Pesaro, Italy); Punto y Raya Festival (Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid, Spain); CYNETart_ (Dresden, Germany); Mediarama (Serville, Spain); 46th Sydney Film Festival (Australia); Transmediale (Berlin, Germany); Dream Centenary Computer Graphics Grand Prix (Japan); KINETICA at Cinematheque (Ontario, Canada), and The National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC).; SIGGRAPH Electronic Theater (San Antonio and LosAngless).

Tan’s awards and honors include the Best of 25th Northwest Film and Video Festival, the 25th Northwest Film and Video Festival Production Service Award, Frank H. Netter Award, and the China National Book Art Exhibition Second Place. Her work is featured in Matt Woolman’s book SEEING SOUND: Experimentation in Contemporary Music Graphics.

Lives in Portland·OR, USA.   +info