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The Forest Laments, Once Again (2016)

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Published on Jun 12, 2016

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This short and surreal silent film seeks to explore the dire repercussions of environmental irresponsibility brought on by humanity. A mysterious figure enters a forest and begins pacing around the area until he finds a pine tree. Upon touching the tree, the figure causes it to fall and disturb the tranquility of nature. The figure then expresses guilt and sadness over the severity of what has transpired after viewing the stump of the destroyed tree. By interfering with the environment, Man has distorted it by causing irrevocable damage to the world.

The Forest Laments, Once Again (2016) uses film clips of rural areas of Georgia in the United States. In creating the visual aspect of this film, my collaborator and I both contributed scenes for this project and edited it using Windows Live Movie Maker and Adobe Premier Elements 12. This film features a combination of “Black and White,” “Old Film” and distorted effects. These serve to reinforce the dark theme of environmental destruction.

I chose to create a stereophonic electronic soundtrack similar to those heard in the "Horror" and "Suspense" film genres. The score Dodecaphonic Metal Study (2016) uses a combination of analog tape and digital elements. I completed the analog portion of this piece in 2014 by distorting the sound of smacked metallic measuring cups on magnetic tape and creating a stereophonic field. From 2015 to 2016, I added digital layers to this track and expanded it through the Sound Forge Audio Studio 9.0 and ACID Music Studio software programs. Additionally, I used a Juno D-i synthesizer to create a Twelve-Tone serial layer. Dodecaphonic Metal Study uses a P0 row of 0,8,7,e,4.5,t,6,2,1,9,3. I, then, distorted this row by including blurred harmonic textures and shifted pitches in the Audacity software program. In order to establish balance in this musical work, I used this same program to pan the music as two Mono tracks and create a new stereophonic atmosphere.

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