February 24, 2017


596 Broadway #602, New York, NY 10012
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Pausa is a collaborative composition by media artist Benton C. Bainbridge and composer Barbara Held pairing acoustic and electronic sound with realtime image processing in which sound and image "conduct" each other. A unique Binary Pattern Generator creates simple rhythms that are interpreted by an A/V synthesis system, generating variations in the timbre of a live flute performance and layering abstract forms into moving pictures.

Part of a series of pieces shaping subtle variations in the intensity of harmonics of the tone of an acoustic instrument, the generative sound composition pauses or holds flute sounds as a static image, using simple studio effects that make slight variations in the stereo image of the sound and an "overdrive" that awakens or enhances high partials, creating a fluid and shimmering sound texture that is further modified by control voltages and other data being received from the video instruments.

The video system is a custom analog and digital set of modules that generates and combines lines and shapes, yielding rich textures and palettes.  Custom audio software created by Josep Aymi, Binary Pattern Generator by Brendon Byrne.

This project was produced in part by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts' Electronic Media and Film Presentation Funds grant program, administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.