Early (50’s to 70’s) attempts of illustrating music with motion patterns, caleidoscopic textures, dots and grids: James Whitney, visual composer, younger brother of John, whose works we’ll write about soon.
We’re talking hand-crafted stuff here: works produced punching grid patterns in 5″ by 7″ cards with a pin.
Only later in his life, the film-maker started using analogue computers.
Yantra (1950-55): dots painted on punched 5″ by 7″ cards through pinholes, to produce a complex flowing motion.
Lapis (1966), (pictured above): produced with computer aided graphics, small circles oscillates in and out in a kaleidoscope manner. The patterns, accompanied by Indian sitar music, are trance inducing and hypnotic.
Dwija (1973), meaning “twice-born” or “soul” in Sanskrit. Completely solarized, its imagery is rear projected and re-photographed, to create a constant flow of hardly definable transformations of color and form.
Wu Ming (1977), meaning “no name” in Chinese, repeats a single action over and over – a particle disappears into infinity, and returns as a wave.
Check the videos:
Variations on a circle (1941-42)
Further reading and related:
Willis, Holly: Cinema Du Dots: LA Weekly, 2005
Interview with Whitney, 1974
Whitney inspired music videos.
Roberto La Forgia says
credo di avere le pupille con un diametro di 10 centimetri. grazie per il viaggione.
figurati, peccato per la scarsa qualità.