Les Études

A series of collaborative works pairing artists working in visual and auditory mediums, the Études meditate on individual musical concepts through experiments with sound and film.

       Les Études are, as the title suggests, a study on concept, both for the visual artist and the composer. Each Étude begins from a single musical term, ranging from electronic music techniques to instrumental playing techniques to notational ideas. Paired composers and visual artists choose one term (from a predetermined list) to collaboratively explore – using various methods of their choosing to interpret, study, and explore potential meanings of the term. Pieces may be performed live (in whole or in part) or may be fully electronic. The methods, interpretation, length, subject matter, and all other variables are the sole decision of the collaborating visual and auditory artists.


Étude 1a: Release (I)

by filmmaker Russell Sheaffer and composer Aaron Michael Smith
A haunting found-footage study in the plurality of visual and auditory meanings of the musical concept “release.”

Feeling inspired? Interested in making an Étude?

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