Camera Obscura is the title of a string quartet composed by Joel M. Baldwin in 2011. The performers interact like colours and curves of a histogram as the piece comes into existence, develops and then fades away to a distant memory - just like a photograph. The piece explores the relationship between organised light (photography) and organised sound (music), attempting to combine the two with comparable methods of ‘tonal distribution’.
You can see the video created for the first movement here (arranged for 4 violins as opposed to string quartet, although a quartet recording of the full piece will be uploaded shortly). In this movement, an abstract camera appears after a blinding flash of light and, after a series of blurs and blinks, the picture of a lifeform appears in the camera’s eye.
The quartet has 2 further movements. Please help fund the creation of a video for the rest of the piece. In return for backing this project, you will receive either a copy of the score (Level 1) or both a copy of the score and a special edition DVD of the full film with the newly-recorded quartet version (Level 2). Thank you for your support!
Will the project only go ahead if the goal is reached?
Yes. Backer.org is an 'all-or-nothing' crowdfunding platform, which means pledges only get charged - and I will only make the project - if we reach our target. This is to ensure we have enough money to create the video properly and afford the materials to print the scores and DVDs.