Music videos are not
just for MTV
photographs and documents, live action footage, sounds and voices
are some of the materials Alicyn Warren, assistant professor in
Department of Music, used to create her award-winning music
autobiographical, 13-minute work is about aging, death, loss,
long-term family history and the attempt to hold onto what is
important to us. She uses the approaching death of her long-time
best friend and dog, Molly, and the death of her mother when Warren
was 11 to amplify the events that can silence families.
Warren, assistant professor of music, produced an award-winning
music video, called "Molly," that will be screened
Oct. 24 at the Virginia Film Festival. Images in the video
include: (top) the Warren barn, which still bears the family
name though the farm was sold about 10 years ago; (bottom)
Warren showing affection for her beloved dog, Molly
first place by an international jury in the category of electronic
music for multimedia at the 26th International Electroacoustic
Music Competition in Bourges, France, this summer, "Molly"
will also be featured at the Virginia Film Festival's "AudioVisions:
Computer Music Videos" screening on Oct. 24, at 10 a.m. at
Vinegar Hill Theatre. A joint presentation by the film festival
and the Virginia Center for Computer Music (VCCM), based at U.Va.,
the screening will showcase videos by composers from around the
world, including the United States, Canada, Japan, Norway, Spain
director of the VCCM, Warren has taught courses in film sound,
but this was the first time she worked in film. Composers often
collaborate with visual artists, dancers and choreographers, but
"the idea of having creative control over the entire project
appealed to me," she said.
find computer music to be very satisfying," she said. "The
composer works with the sounds themselves, almost like you are
the performer as well as the composer."
uses the technology of the computer and digital manipulation to
link spoken words and visual images. Working in this medium allowed
her to take her speaking voice and treat it musically and to render
the photos with a painterly quality.
old photo that juxtaposes a draft horse owned by the Warrens
with early automobiles.
the aid of
the computer I can take a tiny slice of pitch of a word and draw
it out like a note played on a musical instrument or sung by a
singer," she said. "The interaction of sound and moving
visual images especially interested me, and it was important to
me to work on both aspects of the piece at once."
began her college education at Columbia University playing the
French horn and wanting to be an orchestral performer, but was
exposed to one of the first electronic music studios there, and
it sparked her interest. She went to graduate school at Princeton
where the use of computers in music was burgeoning.
was created using Adobe PhotoShop and Adobe Premiere in U.Va.'s
New Media Center, now part of the Robertson
Media Center. The sound work was completed at the VCCM and
in Warren's home studio.