ABSTRONIC

by Mary Ellen BUTE & Ted NEMETH
1952 / 35mm / color / sound / 1S / 6' 10




“Beautiful Lissajous curves, can be put through a choreography that inspires – and startles – the imagination,” writes Mary Ellen Bute of her quest to visualize invisible rhythms. In Abstronic, she uses a cathode ray oscilloscope combined with conventional animation techniques and two tart musical numbers to generate a lively “seeing-sound” experience.” —Bruce Posner

“I wanted to manipulate light to produce visual compositions in time continuity much as a musician manipulates sound to produce music. It was particularly while I listened to music that I felt an overwhelming urge to translate my reactions and ideas into visual form that would have the ordered sequence of music.” —Mary Ellen Bute (1954)

Music: "Hoe Down" by Aaron Copland & "Ranch House Party" by Don Gillis

Courtesy: Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Film 1920-1970

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distribution format Digital file on server (NTSC)
screen 16/9 (single screen)
speed 23,976 fps
sound sound
rental fee 30,00 €

distribution format DCP on server (INTEROP 2K)
screen 16/9 (single screen)
speed 23,976 fps
sound sound
rental fee 30,00 €