Playtime with Old Hag Maren Elliott

“Playtime with Old Hag” is inspired by “The Hearts of the Age of Colour” (n.d), a film collage featuring footage of “The Hearts of Age” (1934) by Orson Welles, and “Rainbow Dance” (1936), “Kaleidoscope” (1935), and “Colour Flight” (1938) by Len Lye. The Welles film, entitled “The Hearts of Age” (1934), alludes to themes of sexuality, racism, and death in a nightmarish style reminiscent of German Expressionism. With fast moving, flickering & distracting colour experiments superimposed onto the Welles film, a sense of fragmentation, confusion, and disturbance is evoked. To achieve a similar effect using an auditory modality, I combined a number of longer, drone-like sounds with bursts of higher frequency activity. My title, “Playtime with Old Hag”, is a tribute to the parallels between “The Hearts of Age” and my own sound piece. “The Hearts of Age” was Orson Welles very first film, which he directed at the age of nineteen. Thus, both pieces involve experimentation by young, inexperienced creatives with oddly nightmarish results. Disturbing as they both may be, the film and accompanying music embody a process of learning, discovery, and artistic development. The imagery that guided my process can be found at: https://archive.org/details/TheHeartsOfTheAgeOfColour

  • Year of composition: 2014
  • Genre: Electroacoustics
  • Format: Fixed media
  • Hardware used: Zoom H4n Handheld Recorder, Macbook
  • Software used: Audacity 2.0.3, Reaper v4.591
  • Duration of the submitted work: 6:59
  • Production: University

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