Engram (Optical Sound #001)


2012, single-channel video, HD 1280x720px, 02:27min.

“Engram (Optical Sound #001)” is part of a series entitled This is not Cinema that recreates traditional experimental cinema aesthetics using lo-fi digital video tools. In this case, the inspiration were optical sound films in which the soundtrack is generated from the frames of the film, that is, what you see is the same that what you hear.

Images are just a bulb turning on and off shot with an iPod Touch, using an app called 8mm that recreates 8mm film aesthetics. The sound was generated directly from the frames, exporting them to .jpp and then converting them first to .raw and then to .aiff. It’s not optical sound, obviously, but it’s a digital technique based on the same idea. Curiously, the resulting sounds are similar to those from optical sound experimental films.

‘Engram’ is a neuropsychology term, a hypothetical means by which memory traces are stored as biophysical or biochemical changes in the brain in response to external stimuli.

Included in Angular DVD Volume 01.

• El sonido y el cine experimental (3 December, 2016, Fundación Juan March, Madrid, Spain).
• CRANC #01 (2016, Barcelona, Spain).
• The 9th Annual CYFEST Video Program Modus Operandi (2015, St. Petersburg, Russia).
• Rencontres d’arts numériques d’ISI: Isi#10 JFNM DATA BASE (2015, Montpellier, France).
• NoiseVideo Festival, Film Essay (2015, online).
• OpenEyes Filmfest (2015, Marburg, Germany).
• Streaming Festival 8th Edition (2013, The Hague, The Netherlands).
• Total Refreshment Centre (2013, London, UK).