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Everything Turns… by Aaron Zeghers (CAN)

 

Everything Turns…
Aaron Zeghers (CAN)
12 min 32 s
Sound by Andy Rudolph

A shorthand study of the mythology of numbers, from 1 to 12. Scientific tradition is adopted then eschewed for rumours, legends and defunct theories from across the ages. The camera pens a year-long record of space, movement and the passing of time in historic locations around the world. This almanac of anthropomorphic numerology is recorded in-camera onto Super 8, using open exposure photography, light painting, light table animation, paper animation, hand drawn animation and more. Just like Richter nearly 100 years ago, we will discover that everything turns, everything revolves and everything feels the deep score of time.

The audio for Everything Turns… was generated by modelling three-dimensional objects in a virtual space and rotating each object about its centre of mass. As they rotate, the coordinates of each vertex are used as control parameters for a group of sine waves, each associated with a different harmonic partial of 24Hz. Pitch, amplitude and pan are all controlled in this manner. Additionally, a collection of field recordings are sampled and controlled by the same means. The recordings are grouped in association with the platonic solids, each corresponding to one of the four elements which constitute the physical universe, as described in Plato’s Timaeus. Metrically, each of the twelve minutes is punctuated by a steadily growing group of chimes. Meanwhile, a distant collection of three metronomes tick away the moments at 60, 24 and 2 beats per minute.

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