Are You For Real? is an audio visual composition which explores the common ground between noise and beauty via combinations of tonality and dissonance, stasis and movement, repetition and progression. It seeks to establish a direct and enveloping emotional connection with the listener and is influenced by the work of composers such as Pärt and Górecki as well as that of contemporary noise ambient artists such as Fennesz and Tim Hecker. Visually it utilises a 15 second found footage fragment of television static and inteference as its sole source material extending the "beautiful noise" theme which exists in the musical piece. It investigates the full visual potential of this material via various recontextualisations and processings such as extended fade ins, overexposure and temporal manipulation. The piece exists both as a fixed media work and as a live performance piece for live electronics, tape and fixed media visuals. It has been performed at the Samuel Beckett Theatre, Trinity College, Dublin and has featured in the pixelPops Digital Arts Festival, New Orleans, 2013 and the I Hear A New World Exhibition of Contemporary Irish and International Visual Music, Luan Gallery, Athlone, 2013.
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