Dazzle, an interactive
installation which combines projected images, objects and
electronically composed songs, is a collaboration between visual
artist, Susan Cheal, and composer of electronic music and
interactive performances, Douglas Holmes.
The projected images are
drawings made up of light, which were created by Cheal. Using light
emitting tools, she drew gestural abstract forms in the dark and
photographed them. They were then digitally manipulated on the
computer. The result is a series of dazzling compositions which are
reminiscent of sparks, calligraphy, electric storms and explosions.
Holmes composed a series of
computer generated songs, using both synthesized and sampled sounds.
A computer program, coded using MAX/MSP, controls the sequence and
selection of the projected images and music. The musical sections
and images are displayed in a controlled random order. Unlike a
slide show, or a musical score for a film, each combination of sound
and image never repeats itself. The computer program analyzes the
pitch and amplitude of the music and projects an image which
describes the sound. Instruments which the listener might attempt to
describe as the snare drum, cymbals or xylophone are actually
synthetic, indescribable sounds. The result is true synesthesia.
Susan Cheal received her
Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from the University of Texas
at San Antonio in 1990. Working in installation, sculpture and
painting, she has had numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout
the United States. She is currently an Associate Professor, Drawing
and Painting Area, School of Visual Arts, at the University of North
Douglas Holmes received a
Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition; specialty in Computer Music,
from the University of North Texas, College of Music, in 2003. He
has created and shown his imaginative and complex interactive
computer-generated performances, that involve human computer
interface, dancers, projection and his own musical compositions.
Holmes is currently a
Professor at Dallas Institute of the Arts, where is teaches for the
Video Production / Digital Media Production Department He is also an
accomplished classical guitarist and a recording engineer.
The artists wish to thank
the University of North Texas, School of Visual Art, the Art
Institute of Dallas, and Bolo Digital Studios, in Denton,