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Modular & Modified – Animation and Musique Concrète

Sounds “do not conjure up the fateful knots of a plot”, Pierre Schaeffer, a pioneer of musique concrète, wrote in 1967. Looped, distorted, slowed-down, reversed: With every technical innovation, electroacoustic music and animation allowed sounds and images to speak freely for themselves. New worlds in pop, poetry and research opened up.

Animation and Musique concrète
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Björk: Hunter Paul White
Icelandic musician Björk composes electronic music from natural sounds. In the video clip for “Hunter”, her head morphs into that of an artificial polar bear.
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Björk: Hunter

Björk: Hunter
Paul White
Animation and Musique concrète
Experimental Film
UK
1997
4 minutes
English
subtitles: 
None
No Premiere

Icelandic musician Björk has always merged natural and technoid creativeness. She samples and loops environmental sounds and transforms them by means of electronic effects. Paul White translates this approach and aesthetics in the video clip for “Hunter”, morphing the singing Björk’s head and human features into an artificial polar bear that seems to be made of liquid plastic.


Cornelia Friederike Müller aka CFM

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Paul White
Björk

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Derek Birkett
Animation and Musique concrète
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Court-circuit n° 180 – Interview with Michèle Bokanowski Lorenzo Recio
Michèle Bokanowski’s sounds have been a distinct part of Patrick Bokanowski’s film images since 1972. Between tape loops she talks about her work with material that’s often quite unlike music.
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Court-circuit n° 180 – Interview with Michèle Bokanowski

Court-circuit n° 180 – Interview de Michèle Bokanowski
Lorenzo Recio
Animation and Musique concrète
Documentary Film
France
2004
10 minutes
French
subtitles: 
English
No Premiere

Michèle Bokanowski’s sounds have been a distinct part of Patrick Bokanowski’s film images since 1972. The origin of her soundtracks often lies in noises that are quite unlike music. Thus, she uses the clacking of billiard balls to describe people working on a field in the distance. Between tape loops and electronic devices, the composer talks about her craft of shaping sonorous material.


André Eckardt

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Lorenzo Recio
ARTE France
MK2TV

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Jim Stickel
Animation and Musique concrète
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Earthworks – Installation Joe Gerhardt, Ruth Jarman
A huge, luminous band of morphing layers of colours and strange sounds captivate the eyes and ears. An installation impressively brings geological history to life.
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Earthworks – Installation

Earthworks – Installation
Joe Gerhardt, Ruth Jarman
Animation and Musique concrète
Documentary Film
UK,
Spain
2016
2 minutes
without dialogue
subtitles: 
None
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The earth never sleeps. The duo Semiconductor distils research data on earth movements and animates them in a five-channel installation. In a dark hall, visitors to the Sónar Barcelona 2016 festival are captivated by a huge, luminous band of ceaselessly morphing layers of colours and strange sounds, experiencing a cut through both landscape and time.


André Eckardt

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Joe Gerhardt
Ruth Jarman

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Semiconductor
Animation and Musique concrète
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Earthworks – Making Of Joe Gerhardt, Ruth Jarman
Creaking, rumbling and trickling, earth movements leave traces of sound. The duo Semiconductor animates research data and conveys geological processes in a fascinating way.
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Earthworks – Making Of

Earthworks – Making Of
Joe Gerhardt, Ruth Jarman
Animation and Musique concrète
Documentary Film
UK,
Spain
2016
10 minutes
English
subtitles: 
None
No Premiere

Geologically, layers of earth form over thousands of years. The processes are almost imperceptible to humans. A research project in a Spanish quarry reconstructs earth movements, models them and records them acoustically. Creaking, rumbling and trickling, the layers leave traces of sounds animated in an audiovisual five-channel installation by the duo Semiconductor.


André Eckardt

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Joe Gerhardt
Ruth Jarman

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Semiconductor
Animation and Musique concrète
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Five Film Exercises – Film 1 John Whitney, James Whitney
An impact pendulum writes directly on the soundtrack of the film, producing analogue bleeps and bits. In alternating coloured light, shades change their shape.
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Five Film Exercises – Film 1

Five Film Exercises – Film 1
John Whitney, James Whitney
Animation and Musique concrète
Experimental Film
USA
1943
5 minutes
without dialogue
subtitles: 
None
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The Whitney brothers are pioneers of abstract animation. In 1943/1944, they experimented in five film exercises with modernist form and a device of their own that wrote directly on the soundtrack of the film by means of an impact pendulum. The resulting analogue electronic bleeps and bits are accompanied by moving stencils in constantly alternating coloured backlight whose shadows change their geometrical shape.


Cornelia Friederike Müller aka CFM

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John Whitney
James Whitney

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Miguel Armas
Animation and Musique concrète
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Flammes Patrick Bokanowski
Ghostly creatures of light come to life in short dance etudes. Accompanied by percussive sounds they stretch into gaunt shapes or unfold in a thousand layers like exotic animals.
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Flammes

Flammes
Patrick Bokanowski
Animation and Musique concrète
Experimental Film
France
1998
4 minutes
without dialogue
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Dark percussive sounds call forth anthropomorphic creatures. They come to life in short dance etudes. Optically manipulated, they stretch into gaunt shapes, unfold in a thousand layers like exotic animals, dissolve into abstract paintings. They are pure creatures of light: fleeting, immaterial. The rhythmic sound motif colours their movements with sometimes pithy, sometimes breathy variations.


André Eckardt

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Patrick Bokanowski
Patrick Bokanowski
Patrick Bokanowski
Eric Castera
Michèle Bokanowski
Daniel Borenstein
Patrick Bokanowski

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Miguel Armas
Animation and Musique concrète
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Floralia III Sabrina Ratté
A piece of soil with plants displayed in a cabinet – three-dimensional and yet only a digital image. Forest sounds awaken leaves and blossoms; an organic rebellion flares up.
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Floralia III

Floralia III
Sabrina Ratté
Animation and Musique concrète
Experimental Film
Canada
2021
4 minutes
without dialogue
subtitles: 
None
No Premiere

A piece of soil with plants displayed in a cabinet – three-dimensional and yet only a digital image. The sound suggests a sterile exhibition space. As forest sounds start to play, the stems, leaves and blossoms dissolve in particles and layers. As if awakening from a coma, an organic rebellion flares up, a brief revolt against the technically perfect simulation of nature.


André Eckardt

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Sabrina Ratté
Sabrina Ratté
Sabrina Ratté
Andrea-Jane Cornell

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Sabrina Ratté
Animation and Musique concrète
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Making a Diagonal with Music Aura Satz
Beatriz Ferreyra enters a room and already stops with excitement in the doorway. The Argentinean pioneer of musique concrète composes with everyday sounds.
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Making a Diagonal with Music

Hacer una diagonal con la música
Aura Satz
Animation and Musique concrète
Documentary Film
UK
2019
11 minutes
Spanish
subtitles: 
English
No Premiere

Beatriz Ferreyra enters a room and already stops with excitement in the doorway: “Look at all the sounds it makes, nieaowowowa!” The Argentinean composer and pioneer of musique concrète collects sounds made by everyday objects. Aura Satz’s minimalist portrait follows the sound hunter at work, shows her gestures and her still undiminished joy of discovery when arranging the sounds.


André Eckardt

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Aura Satz
Aura Satz
Aura Satz
Gernot Fuhrmann
Beatrix Ferreyra
Sam Williams

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LUX Distribution
Animation and Musique concrète
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A Man and His Dog Out for Air Robert Breer
Birdsong and meandering lines, sometimes solo, sometimes as a swarm movement. A park landscape, a staircase, and a man with a dog emerge fleetingly from the permanently changing forms.
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A Man and His Dog Out for Air

A Man and His Dog Out for Air
Robert Breer
Animation and Musique concrète
Animated Film
USA
1957
2 minutes
without dialogue
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Birdsong and meandering lines, sometimes solo, sometimes as a swarm movement. In their midst a park landscape, a staircase, and a man with a dog seem to emerge fleetingly. In Robert Breer’s minimalist drawn animation, the abstract and the figurative briefly overlap, then fall apart again. The permanent change of the forms follows the pulse rate of the birdsong recorded in nature.


André Eckardt

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Robert Breer
Frannie Breer
Robert Breer
Robert Breer

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Miguel Armas
Animation and Musique concrète
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Matmos: Ultimate Care II Excerpt Five Vicki Bennett
A washing machine less ordinary: In a lively music video with animation and advertising film quotes, the sounds of a fully automatic machine enchant us and make us forget all our laundry worries.
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Matmos: Ultimate Care II Excerpt Five

Matmos: Ultimate Care II Excerpt Five
Vicki Bennett
Animation and Musique concrète
Experimental Film
USA
2014
7 minutes
without dialogue
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A washing machine less ordinary: The electronic music duo Matmos probes the music making capabilities of the “Ultimate Care II” by Whirlpool and weaves the sounds of its housing, laundry cycle and switches into a beat. Using animation, optical effects and advertising film quotes from the time when fully automatic machines had their breakthrough, a lively piece of music video is created that makes us forget all our laundry worries.


André Eckardt

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Vicki Bennett
Vicki Bennett
Peter Knight
Vicki Bennett
Peter Knight

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Animation and Musique concrète
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Max Cooper: Penrose Tiling Jessica In
A rhythm fragment becomes a percussion ensemble without a single identical loop. Tiles proliferate into patterns that are never quite the same. Infinity in animated beats.
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Max Cooper: Penrose Tiling

Max Cooper: Penrose Tiling
Jessica In
Animation and Musique concrète
Animated Film
UK
2019
5 minutes
without dialogue
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In 1974, the mathematician Penrose discovered pairs of tiles that form an infinite plane without repeating patterns. Inspired by this, Max Cooper uses a rhythm fragment of one instrument to compose a percussion ensemble without a single identical loop. Jessica In contributes animated tile ornaments without symmetries that are reminiscent of a mandala and visualise the idea of infinity.


Cornelia Friederike Müller aka CFM

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Jessica In
Jessica In

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Animation and Musique concrète
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Neighbours Norman McLaren
A neighbourhood dispute escalates … The pixilated movements of actors and scenery seem more and more absurd, heightened by the frantic sounds of the hand-drawn soundtrack.
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Neighbours

Voisins
Norman McLaren
Animation and Musique concrète
Animated Film
Canada
1952
8 minutes
without dialogue
subtitles: 
None
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An escalating neighbourhood dispute as a pacifist parable on the Korean War. The pixilation, which Norman McLaren is said to have pioneered, makes plot and scenery look more and more absurd. The madness is heihgtened by frantic electronic sounds, which were also created by a special technique: McLaren drew optical sound signals in lines and dots by hand directly on the soundtrack.


André Eckardt

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Norman McLaren
Norman McLaren
Grant Munro
Jean-Paul Ladouceur
Norman McLaren
Wolf Koenig

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Éric Séguin