The Thundering Scream of the Seraphim's Delight

for Double Bass, Color Video, and Electronic Sound .. (1987) .. 14:29

with Robert Black

Hand and Bow

This work requires an amplified double bass.

Very difficult.

The double bass is revealed on video as a metaphoric microcosm of spirited human effort. Close-ups of performance phrases and gestures extract the dance-like suppleness and elegant fluidity, the elusive spontaneity, and the sometimes exuberant drama or wrenching struggle that support seemingly small and minor movements.

Using the extended character of the hands, a luminescent dialogue ensues as the various interactive audio and video performances respond and recoil. The work explores energetic physicality and a spectrum of inner and outer states, from subdued tension to ecstatic whimsy. Thus is disclosed the magically angelic presence and commanding strength of the remarkable instrument upon which these musical dramas unfold.

Pizzicato Three Hands
Bowing with Emery Board
White-Gloved Hand and Bridge

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DOUBLE BASSISTS WHO PERFORM
“THE THUNDERING SCREAM OF THE SERAPHIM’S DELIGHT”

Robert Black
Patricia Brine
Paul Calioa
Michael Cameron
Corrado Canonici
Joe Carver
Wayne Darling
Hannes Giger
Fernando Grillo
Antje Haury
Peter Luit
Nancy Merriam
Paul Robinson
Stefano Scodanibbio
Richard Straub
Stephen Tramontozzi
Mark Whitney


Hand Rubbing Bridge

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CREDITS AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

 

Production, Direction, Music, Editing, Image Processing, Computer Animation, Holography, Digital Audio Processing: Reynold Weidenaar

With: Robert Black

Musicians: Robert Black, Reynold Weidenaar

Video Camera: Marty Fegy

Additional Video Camera: Hank Rudolph, Reynold Weidenaar

16mm Film Camera: John Gaeta

Audio: Reynold Weidenaar, Marty Fegy, Alex Noyes

Lighting: Marty Fegy, Hank Rudolph

Image Processing Technician: Hank Rudolph

Holography Technician: Ronald R. Erickson

Emulator/Macintosh Technician: Alex Noyes

Online CMX Editing Technician: Rick Feist

Audio, Composite Version: Tom Fritze

This work was supported by a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Video and audio produced through the Artist-in- Residence program of Real Art Ways, Hartford, Conn.

Analog and digital image processing produced though the Artist-in-Residence program of the Experimental Television Center, Owego, N.Y., which is supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. ETC video computer design by David Jones and Paul Davis.

Holograms produced through the Artist-in-Residence program of the Museum of Holography, New York, N.Y.

Digital audio processing produced through the Artist-in- Residence program of Harvestworks Inc./Studio PASS, New York, N.Y.

Audio post-production at the Creative Sound Studio, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, New York, N.Y.

Video post-production at Matrix Video, New York, N.Y., through the Standby program of Raindance Foundation, New York, N.Y., and the On-line program of Media Alliance, New York, N.Y.

Additional audio production and post-production (Composite Version) at Sync Sound, Inc., New York, N.Y., through the On-line program of Media Alliance, New York, N.Y.

Commissioned by and dedicated to Robert Black.

Copyright © 1987 by Magnetic Music Publishing Co. (ASCAP).