Photographic and video imagery in my visual music references nature as the purest source of improvisation. These images, influenced by words and sounds, are generative, and mediated by technology into beautiful new representations of the world in photographic form, which moves seamlessly from reality to abstraction and back.
I begin with video. In this case on Manitoulin, the largest freshwater lake island in the world. Images and sounds are captured in HD with surround sound. In the studio they are manipulated in realtime by my Vortex software (v=visual, or=aural and tex=textual) and combined with sound. They are then projected onto a large screen in a public gallery or performance space and viewed as multimedia installation or performance.
The result is a new aesthetic created by a hybrid of sound, photographic image, motion and text, whose points, lines and planes dance and respond to each other as they're "played" with technology. Vortex as a single language of visual, aural and textual is being funded as a research project.
The full performance can be seen here: http://vimeopro.com/robertappleton/vortex/video/102928279