Jack Phelan on directing Drones, Variations, Ornaments the film

After listening to Drones, Variations, Ornaments by Nico Muhly many times, two words kept coming to mind - vast and delicate. This visual response to Drones explores these together with something I have wanted to try with the right piece of music for a while - to work indirectly with colour. With music, I love how the sonic qualities only emerge through performance, the notes on the page limited to describing a sequence of events that in the right hands, should give rise to the textures the composer imagined. This video has colour but doesn’t explicitly describe it anywhere. Instead, the idea was to indicate where objects should be in relation to a light source so colour might emerge through refraction. Similar to a piece of music, the source of this video piece is lines and lines of notation that the right instruments (software and projector in this case) can use to make moving images. No photographic material was used to make this piece, it’s procedural and entirely computer-created using the free and open-source software Blender. An enormous thank-you to The Crash Ensemble for giving me the opportunity and creative freedom to work with such a stunning piece of music.
- Jack Phelan
See Drones, Variations, Ornamentsdirected by Jack Phelan, performed by Crash Ensemble, composed by Nico Muhly
Saturday 14th April, 12:00pm | Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 
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Jack Phelan is a video artist and technologist who specialises in integrating new visual ideas and technology into live performance. Theatrical credits include Arlington by Enda Walsh (Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival); Alice in Funderland (THISISPOPBABY / Abbey Theatre); Dubliners (The Corn Exchange / Dublin Theatre Festival and  The Shawshank Redemption (Lane Productions); www.needmoreinput.io