mA is a sound and video installation that draws from the glitch and noise sub genres. The visuals are produced by the “glitching” of an input video, while using the image’s positional and luminosity information within a digital matrix. The sounds are synthesized by the how the image’s light data is routed through the computer’s internal digital to analog conversion (DAC) process.
The visuals presented here, are a composite of prerecorded material and a glitch aesthetic- that allows for larger geometric shapes within the matrix. This process of glitching also stresses the culturally ubiquitous practice of “code hacking” – the remixing of multiple codes and programs to export data in a way that might exceed the original composer’s intention. Code hacking also serves as an editing process that translates file codecs by manipulating their digital information to a desired effect.
All of this is dependent on a Minimalist approach to stripping artworks of visual non essentials. This relates through the way the abstract mathematical “objects” of the code can react with pure data- luma and time values- to visually represent the rule structures of the code. This is not quite a new concept as this idea lends itself to the practices of stochastic and algorithmic composition- the creation of rule sets and parameters in order to make decisions in the compositional process.