OPTICAL SILENCE – 2015 / 4:33 / HD

Optical sound is a process for writing sound on film prints to be read by an optical to electrical system and is an oxymoron. In the film, we observe a landscape until the mid point when an event reveals the gap between image and sound, experience and representation, expectation and result, mind and body, now and then, life and death. We see the speed of sound at sea level, experience the truism that everything takes time and realize that a movie is an optical track and an audio track that just happen to be running at the same time rendering sync sound an illusion. This piece also muses on smoke signals, Canadian landscape painting, ritual, ejaculation, duration, entropy and features a score by a pioneering twentieth century American composer.