pixels we lost in the fire

from by Alessandro Altavilla

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“Pixels we lost in the the fire” is a digital work about the impossibility of capturing, storaging and burning on dvd memories, images and sounds of a pinewoods placed in Lido Silvana (Taranto, Italy) where I spent twenty summers of my life, burned by a fire on June 2001 for a riot urbanism and a low care for ecological problems, typical of this city in the Ionio sea.
The video sources are miniDV shootings of the structures ruins of the camping inside, zones where I had personal memories, plastic objects deformed by flames, video samples of old summer movies, old friends, photo slides burned by me showing the pinewoods , screened on a wall and then taked back with the miniDV. If the video aspect is totally digitalized for removing and recontextualize the visible memories in the digital domain using tools like zoom, crop, saturation, pixelization and
noise the sound work is totally synthetic. The musical piece is built on very slowing rhythmically-changing patterns, textures of additive synthesis sounds and non-linear envelope functions with
Csound software.
The composition's structure is obtained combining algorithmic built on Wolfram's
Mathematica software to my emotional response about digital elaborations of images and memories,
mapped through a camera, then formalized and translated in compositional gestures.

Multichannel Audio Only version from Audio/Video work.
Duration: 8.54 min
Year: 2005
Software used: Csound, Wolfram Mathematica, Logic Audio, Final Cut.


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