The Exquisite Mechanism of Shivers

by Bill Seaman

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LinearAudio soundtrack from the interactive installation - The Exquisite Mechanism of Shivers. CD released with Binocular Magazine.

The second major interactive installation for Seaman was entitled The Exquisite Mechanism of Shivers (1993). It should be noted that many of Seaman's works were shown in different states and /or alternate contexts. Each version of the work informs other versions in varying ways i.e. this work appears as an interactive installation with a single projection, a 10 screen video wall version, a Japanese/English Version - Ex.Mech (1994), 30 minute linear video as well as a CD Rom version that was published in Artintact 1 (1994). The work explores the construction of an audio/visual sentence with 10 segments. Each segment has a related piece of music, a specific spoken piece of text and time-based section of video. The template of the work has 33 variables for each modular section of the audio/visual sentence - thus the linear work is comprised of 33 sentences. Interactive versions of the work enable the user of the system to substitute different modular variables and generate new audio visual "sentences". These substitutions always facilitate the generation of a grammatically correct sentence. Because each of these modules is poly-valent in terms of their meaning, the work is always emergent. One can also use automated chance methods to derive new audio/visual sentences. A linear video also exists with this title and date. This is the linear audio material that formed one aspect of the database.


released December 15, 2020

Music by Bill Seaman, originally released in 1993

Music produced by Bill Seaman at ABC Radio Sydney in conjunction with The Listening Room, Sydney Australia. Cello - Suhanya Raffel, executive producer Andrew McLennan, engineer - Paul McKercher, CD Design by Analiese Cairis, special thanks to Maura Walsh-Seaman, Gary Warner and Ewen McDonald, Music produced with the assistance of the Australian Film Commission. Released in conjunction with BINOCULAR – Focusing Material Histories. (CD included with publication)


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