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February 2021

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james brown

"Wallfacer" is a project I started in 2017. After reading the book "The Three Body Problem" by Liu Cixin I was inspired by the vivid imagery he created with words, and wanted to try something similar myself with paintings, animation, music and sound. I set myself to task to try and create a new one every day. Usually the process involved a sketch, or acrylic painting, or iPad painting, followed by simple animation effects on a computer, and then composing a small soundtrack to each of the worlds.

          - James Brown

"No, emptiness is not nothingness. Emptiness is a type of existence. You must use this existential emptiness to fill yourself..."

"It was impossible to expect a moral awakening from humankind itself, just like it was impossible to expect humans to lift off the earth by pulling up on their own hair."

"The giant, reflective geometric solids continued to pop into existence in great numbers, and their forms became more various. There were tori, solid crosses, and even something that looked like a Möbius strip. All the geometric solids drifted away from the location of the accelerator. About half an hour later, the solids filled more than half the sky, as though a giant child had emptied a box of building blocks in the firmament..."

"The strings clung to those who went outside, and as they walked, they dragged the lights behind them. When people returned indoors, the lines glimmered under the lamps. As soon as they moved, the reflection from the strings revealed the patterns in the air currents they disturbed..."

JAMES BROWN is a Sydney-based composer who has worked collaboratively with companies both locally and internationally to produce soundtracks for performance, film, animation and games. He holds a Visual Arts degree from Sydney College of the Arts, and a Masters Degree in Acoustic Physics from Sydney University. He has extensive experience working in collaborative, multi-artform processes and has formed ongoing artistic relationships collaborations with artists and companies including: Bethesda, Victoria Hunt, Jane Campion, Adult Swim, The Australian Ballet, Sydney Dance Company, William Yang, George Khut, Matthew Day, Hans Van Den Broeck (SOIT), POST, and Urban Theatre Projects. His process often involves creating music in synchronicity with the development of the project, creating a strong connection between the material and sound. Website. Instagram.

Quotes alongside video are from "The Three Body Problem" by Liu Cixin, translated by Ken Liu, published 2014 by Tor Books, all rights reserved.

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