Compositions by Bill Alves
Information about Hiway 70, a computer video
A number of years ago, I had the privilege of working with computer animation pioneer John Whitney, and we had planned visual and music composition software that would put into practice his ideas on the complementarity of sound and vision. Unfortunately, he died in 1995, just as I had found the funds to begin to realize this vision. Hiway 70 is the first piece I've done which makes use of this computer animation software, and in the work I've tried to create a vision inspired by long night drives on lonely Texas highways. The soundtrack was realized in Csound computer music language and utilizes computer modifications of traffic sounds, as well as electric guitars and other sources. The so-called "free style" just intonation in this work exploits Csound's ability to freely modulate without needing the compromises of an instrument with a limited number of keys. Many of the images of the video were used as a visual analogue to the harmonic relationships of just intonation, a relationship also inspired by Whitney.
- October 1997, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, California
- November 1997, Harvey Mudd College
- February 1998, Pomona College
- March 1998, University of Arizona
- April 1998, Arizona State University Art Museum Short Film and Video Festival
- April 1998, Milwaukee: Video Salon '98
- April 1998, Montage -- Harrisburg Independent Film Festival, PA
- April 1998, Cooperstown NY: Not Still Art Festival
- May 1998, Santa Anna, CA: Santoro International Short Film Festival
- July 1998, San Francisco: Artists' Television Access
- September 1998, Kobe, Japan: International Computer Music Festival
- Nov. 1999 Scripps College
- Jan. 2000 Bijou Matinee, Manhattan Cable
- Apr. 2001 University of South Carolina annual computer music concert
- July 2002 Los Angeles: Gallery 825
- May 1998 - present: Included in Offline, a syndicated cable television series, which broadcasts in various cities around the U.S.
Commercially distributed on the internet by CinemaNow.com.
Csound score and orchestra included on CD-ROM accompanying The Csound Book, edited by Richard Boulanger.
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Updated on July 24, 2002 by Bill Alves (email@example.com).