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Drones, Variations, Ornaments

 
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An experimental music video for contemporary classical piece Drones, Variations, Ornaments by prolific New York based composer Nico Muhly.



"Drones, Variations, Ornaments is music in constant transformation. What begins as a simple, cloud-like sequence of string chords with a trombone melody slowly transforms into an agitated perpetual motion machine of winds, guitar, percussion, and piano..." - Nico Muhly



The music was commissioned by Irish new music group Crash Ensemble for their 2017 album Ghosts. It was Mixed & Mastered by Valgeir Sigurðsson at Greenhouse Studios, Reykjavik.

This video was also commissioned by Crash Ensemble and first screened at the IFI (Irish Film Institute) in September 2018. It is my response to the music - through an exploration of scale, contrast, discovery and isolation. It was made entirely using Blender - a professional, free and open-source 3D computer graphics software toolset used for creating animated films, visual effects and art.
JACK PHELAN - VIDEO ARTIST, DESIGNER, DIRECTOR        WICKLOW, IRELAND.