|The idea for Pulse
was not conceived fully-formed. Like many collaborative projects, it
evolved. Inspired in 2012 when shown acrylic shoreline paintings by a
local artist, I set to work on a composition in an attempt to 'paint' a
musical equivalent that would convey the same intimate sense of
serendipitous discovery and serenity. The result was Coastylus, a
10-minute instrumental piece so titled to allude to the macroscopic
analogy of a jagged coastline to a vinyl record groove. So far so
Not long after that the idea for a joint exhibition took hold, but at that
point only included paintings and music. However, a visit to Scotland
later that year changed everything. With Coastylus as my musical
compass I captured many hours of detailed coastline video footage. Once
edited to music and post-processed the short film soon revealed its
potential as the missing glue to bind the project together. The Pulse
trinity had found its legs at last.
field trips to France and Norfolk delivered many more GBs of precious
raw video data. And as any film maker will tell you through clenched teeth,
you can never have enough. The main chosen subject headings for Pulse
were coast, water, mountains and sky. Most were covered by my own
footage, though some video segments, most notably 'sky', benefited from
being supplemented by third-party material which was then post-processed
to suit the general theme.
Whilst assembling music and video for the four main elements the idea of a Leitmotiv arose. Pulse I somehow leaped off my keyboard one rainy Sunday afternoon and soon spawned two evolving siblings, Pulse II & III.
All three pieces help to plot the key co-ordinates of nature's great
arc and thus hopefully meld all of Pulse's sections into one cohesive entity.