Spectral Brands

1984 | 00:15:00 | United States | English | Color | Stereo | 4:3 | Video

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: Chicago Art, Consumer culture, Music

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[This] is my first attempt to construct a video piece using one set of generative intervals for both sound and color. All of the color in the piece is orchestrated in brightness ‘octaves’ corresponding to the registration of the pitches in the soundtrack. Each hue from a circle of twelve corresponds to one of the pitches of a tempered scale. The articulation of the piece consists of a series of loudness and brightness ripples which move across the piece in speed relationships derived from the hue and pitch proportions. The image content, or the ‘instruments’ through which the colors resonate, are an alphabetical set of identifying symbols for 32 of the largest corporations in the world.

-- Bob Snyder

This title is only available on Bob Snyder: Sound and Video 1975-1990.