Strength (2006)

saxophone, audio and video clips, and Max/MSP/Jitter

Strength is a convergence of the metallic and the human, the durable and the impermanent, combined in the aural and visual domains. Throughout the piece the saxophone’s sound prepares us for – and then comments on and unites – the male body images and the sounds of unseen machinery. Like most of my work it is a commentary on life and death, and/or on loss and discovery. In Strength this is represented by glimpses of images contrasted with multiple slow motion pans, and by the instrumental sound contrasted with sound files and processing. While the ending of this work is introspective, I consider this to be a positive piece, a reflection on life, beauty, and knowledge.

Directed by Bob Pritchard
Cinematography by Kathryn Robertson.
Music, video post-production, video editing, and interactive software by Bob Pritchard
UBC Toolbox software by Keith Hamel and Bob Pritchard

This work supported in part by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Grant # 848-2003-0147, and the UBC ISIT Fund (2001).

Awarded a Unique Award of Merit in 2007 by the Canadian Society of Cinematographers

Excerpt of Middle Section: performed by Julia Nolan.