… this multimedia project allowed my daughter to be admitted to TAG next year: Georgia composed original piano music, put it to staff paper (my idea?), wrote a narrative based on the assignment and painted a watercolor reminiscent (to me anyway) of Chagall while shooting her self painting, playing and editing on Arturia Keylab 88, Garage Band and iMovie – all done from an antiquated iPhone.
The Marc Chagall it reminds me of:
Gigi’s narrative to the project …
“My short film, “Cascadia,” incorporates a multimedia painting and a piece on piano that I produced and composed. In the film, I include a recorded time lapse of me illustrating the possible destruction of the Cascadia subduction zone and a video of me playing the piano with the recorded music comprising the full audio.
The painting represents a likely aftermath of a neighborhood in the Northwest United States after the tsunami/earthquake occurred. It depicts devastated homes, wrecked lawns, flattened cars, and water that has settled across the earth and roads. In the painting, I wrote the following line from the article, “It will look like the whole ocean, elevated, overtaking land.” (pg. 8, paragraph 35) This quote accurately represents the serious and frightening tone of the article and elucidates the possible fate of the Pacific Northwest.
The musical component reflects a sense of vulnerability, a common theme in the article, as the northwest U.S. could never foresee the event’s inevitability and devastation. I began with a smooth intro and moderato section, representing the peaceful, unexpecting world before the earthquake. Next, the agitato section signifies the start of the earthquake. Tension develops as I play with an agitated manner, as I try to embody the article’s emotional effects on its readers. As the progression continues, the agitation escalates, and the tsunami wreaks havoc and devastation across the land. When the tsunami calms and the earthquake relaxes, life pauses. As represented in the adagio section, the world is silent from shock. The final section is an a tempo as the world recovers and moves on once again, despite all the casualties and losses. The overall purpose of my video is to represent the progression of the Cascadia earthquake as it unfolds a grizzly tale. But, even after the last note, the world keeps spinning,”