“Morte et Dabo”
A song about pain and hope. Part of the LEO Chronicles
The golden 1920 in Berlin lasted only 8 years and were “golden” only for very few of the citizens, most of them suffered in the hunger winter after WW1 and most of the young and middle aged men, partners were gone forever. It took 20 years to grow up new childs who became soldiers and victims again in WW2. This song takes some fragmented snipplets of lightfeeted songs from the 20th and let them appear in granular waves where the drama shines through the superficial and momentary joy. It is part of “The Leo Chronicles”, a concept album about my grandfather Leo, victim of the Shoa.
Song about an artificial intelligence which learns to speak and ends with the german word “Gehabe” (something like “strange behaviour”). I did work 11 months on this project. The song is musically based on a phoneme generator which supplies an interesting sound-color and forms the basis of the evolving story.
Another Song for “The Leo Chronicles”. This one is dedicated to Edith, Leos wife 1929-1935, my grandmother. Photo was taken in mid of 1933, at relatively good times, although the NAZIS already started their progrom. Edith was born in a christian family, then converted to jewish religion, then reconverted to christian again, when being divorced from Leo. In my childhood, I know her singing with a sopranic voice in church on rare occasions. She led a pleasant, but lonely short life, perhaps she was superficial, but more likely there was a lot pain underneath the well kept surface. This song is kind of unusual for me, but had to be done. I did use several software synths for this project, no hardware synth was used.
This new song is about HASAG, a mighty Ammunition Manufacturer in the Third Reich. In special the song is about the factory Pelcery (Peltzer) in Czestochowa (Tschenstochau). HASAG was destiny for 10 thousands of forced labour workers, mostly young jewish men and women. Many of them died within weeks because of exhaustion or were poisened by the chemicals, died in factory accidents, were murdered by the SS after only 3 days of illness or just by fun. My grandfather LEO was forced labor worker in several camps after being in the ghetto of Krakow. He survived the concentration camp of Plaszow under the evil SS officer Amon Göth and ended in Czestochowa until liberation by the Russians in January 1945. Hard stuff….uff….had to do this song therefore.
I am very pleased having been chosen as one of three artists at the “33 guests” event by host Jana Noritsch. Three artists are presented by three hosts during an exclusive dinner with 33 guests, each artist is present and represented with three works and one edition. It is an extraordinary format with a selected audience.
I show there my spray kinetics work “fadeR”, the robot installation “EasyBot”, the light kinetics object “SPY” and the german version of the paper work “the now remains”.
Exhibition: 06.08.-08.08.2021, 12:00-19:00, Potsdamer Straße 120, HOTO Berlin
At this years (2021) Oscar Technical Achievement Awards my idea and development of a facial motion tracking device: the FaceTracker was honored. Too bad they did not award my idea, which was the foundation of the whole process of head mounted optical facetracking, but the Academy gave the price to the company Standard Deviation which took my idea and developed it further.
Standard Deviation worked in the same studio as I did at that time, at a company called Mr. Film, run by Chris Walker. Chris was a technology driven producer, but always short in money. So, instead of buying one of my FaceTrackers, he asked Standard Deviation to copy it. Of course they improved it further. I never received any royalties. Anyway, I sold about 100 of my units to other mayor movie and 3D anmiation companies such as Disney Imagineering, Sony Picture Imageworks and Warner Brothers.
Standard Deviations grew with their Facetracker sales and still are in business. Their founder was so fair to mention my name in his list of thanks during the award presentation.
Thanky you Babak, anyway.
Here is a full report in visual effects magazine “fxguide”