A while ago, American composer Charles Coleman kindly commented on my rendition of John Adams’s fabulous “Harmonielehre:” https://vimeo.com/85285097 (Charles' original comments are visible below the video).
One thing lead to another, and we ended up starting a collaboration.
“Carmilla” is the first piece born of that collaboration, and its music is inspired from the 1871 novella of the same name by Joseph Sheridan La Fanu. It tells the story of Carmilla, a young female vampire who develops an unusual obsession for her susceptible young friend, Laura. Carmilla, later morphs into the form of a black cat who bites Laura on the neck. Laura becomes deathly ill as a result, but later survives. Whereas Carmilla is subsequently killed by an imperial commission. The piece tries to musically show the tension, eerie and seductive nature of Carmilla that is portrayed in the novella (these comments come from this page: https://fandalism.com/cfc/dBSb).
Charles' music is very potent (amazing actually) and even if I was aware of its origin, I decided to focus on the music “only” and forget about the novel.
But gothic it definitely is, so I started the images in a dark black and grey world, expecting colours to eventually arrive.
But colours never came (when I work as best I can, and if I am lucky, the work itself soon acquires a life of its own and I do my best to refrain from imposing elements that would come from my discursive mind).
This is one of the most enjoyable pieces I have ever done, the music is immense, I can only think of my renditions of Stravinsky’s “Sacre du Printemps” (https://vimeo.com/64193347), Steve Reich’s “The Four Sections” (https://vimeo.com/46826640) and of course, John Adams’ “Harmonielehre” (https://vimeo.com/85285097) to remember having experienced the same kind of joy-while-working Charles’ music is responsible for.

This would never have happened were it not for the better side of the web, am most grateful for it.

Please consider supporting my work (VERY MUCH in need of support these days). You can make donations via PayPal, starting from here : http://www.vudici.net/movies/morphing.html#new123108 (this type of work receives very little help, if any, from the usual channels).
Thank you

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Comment by Paul Copeland on May 12, 2017 at 11:56pm


The video suits the music perfectly and is linked well with the dymamics.

Keep up the great work.

Comment by Jean Detheux on May 15, 2017 at 2:53am


“Carmilla" was in Australia last year, part of the Melbourne International Animation Festival

It is one of the 3 movies I made with the American composer Charles Coleman.

I have had a privileged connection with MIAF, that important festival (4,000 entries this year alone!) has faithfully selected one, often 2 movies of mine each and every year since 2006.

I even was its guest in 2008, a wonderful (and tiring) trip.

This year again will see another movie of mine in Melbourne, “Aestoria”.

MIAF will even create a special programme to accommodate it, most festivals have problems showing “abstract” or “experimental” works longer than 6 minutes, and this one is a little over 14 minutes (I wrote an article about that a while ago).

Malcolm Turner, MIAF director, wants to show a few longer pieces, it’s when he saw “Aestoria” that he made up his mind to create that special programme.

MIAF will run this coming June (the 2017 website isn’t ready yet), so if you’re in or around Melbourne, let me know, I probably can get you a free pass for at least that programme, possibly the whole festival.

Comment by Paul Copeland on May 19, 2017 at 5:10pm

Hey Jean,

Wow, I live in Melbourne :) How about that. If you are able to get a free pass for that programme, that would be great. Such a kind offer. I visited the site, but the tickets link is not working.

Congratulations on your work. I watched Aestoria. I like the way that the colours are gradually introduced. You certainly have a style of your own, which is unique.

I sent you a private message. Please check, as there is a lot I would like to discuss with you.

Best wishes to you and your family and bye for now.



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