Muybridge-inspired Audio

The Five Lives of Helios

The Five Lives of Helios

performed at UCSD’s Conrad Prebys Music Center: March 11th, 2010. (Percussionist Ross Karre.)

And now for some modern audio pieces, with which I am well outside my comfort zone.

“The Five Lives of Helios is a work inspired by the life and work of the late 19th century photographer Edward Muybridge (who used many pseudonyms, including Helios). The piece functions as a wordless oration of Muybridge’s work as a pivotal figure in the photograph’s ability to stop time (with increasing shutter speed) and liberate time (via the horse motion sequences presented by the zoopraxiscope, magic lantern, and, eventually, cinema). In this piece, the bass drum serves as a development bath where a sonic, instead of chemical, fixing process distills Muybridge’s story.”

Too much ‘steam train’ and not enough horses’ hooves, it seems to me. Bring on the coconut shells.


Proof: Galloping in Sound by Floor Van.

“Proof is a piece inspired by the work of Eadweard Muybridge (1830—1904), an eccentric English photographer, known primarily for his work with use of multiple cameras to capture motion.”

What do YOU think? Please leave a comment below.

And for more Muybridge music, check out the links for Philip Glass’s The Photographer, from here:

Stephen Herbert

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One comment on “Muybridge-inspired Audio

  1. urbanora says:

    Have to admit the audio examples defeat me – not as audio experiments in themselves (particularly the first one – a great piece of theatre), but I cannot see (or hear) the connection with Muybridge. If you started with the sounds you would never think your way back to Muybridge, though I guess that’s an unfair argument. It may be easier to capture an idea of time through images than it is through sound.

    (P.S. If you add Compleat Muybridge – and other links – to the blogroll, people will make the connection between blog and website. You could even give it a box of its own).

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