a super closeup of tree roots creates an abstract green tangle like some alien creature in this nature photography by ViVaDa

Title:

Roots and Branches

Suggested:

art photo print

Price:

$19

Dimensions:

13" X 10"


Pat Kammerer’s track alludes as much to extraterrestrial life as it does, perhaps, to nature’s ambience. Tree roots and branches amalgamate into something unearthly, grossly aphid. It is easy to imagine the creature, having sucked life from the still green leaves we see, and preparing now to embark on its hunt for more substantial nutrition.

But really, Pat’s audio does not let us go all the way to horror. Perhaps the comic spirit of a rather impressive array of live-performed electronic instruments does ultimately keep us grounded in the reality of the image – a tangled mass of exposed tree roots surrounded by green leafed branches.

We think a art photo print of ViVaDa’s maybe-nature-maybe-alien-life-form image would present nicely in a garage, work room, or similar man (or woman) cave location.

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13 Comments

  1. Thank you to ViVaDa for his inspiring artwork, which spawned a new song, and encouraged me to try new things in the studio!

    • It has been amazing listening to your evolution lately into the improvisatory work and a crazy new palette of sounds. Your sounds have always been fresh but the last few tracks have really pushed the envelope. There are some bird sound effects which give the obligatory nod to nature of course. But what i image also when I listen is the sound of the root system!

      • Thanks for the kind words Dan! You have been a continuous source inspiration for quite some time. The birds you speak of are actually crows, which I recorded by sticking one of my stereo condensers up to the open window of my studio. They like to congregate in the trees around our house in November and December, and I love it! In the recording there is also a squirrel barking in the distance every now and then, though it is lost in the soundscape a bit. I felt that both creatures were very appropriate for a song based on an image of trees. I’ve been trying to train myself to use all of my limbs when performing, and this track is kind of the first concrete representation of that – I used one of my Moog control voltage pedals for some modulation control, as well as a Yamaha sustain pedal (both for actual sustain on the Yamaha synth and for triggering ride cymbals and drum rolls. The root system is definitely in full force in the piece, as I was trying to give a twisting feel, but with purpose. Thank you again!

      • Oh, yeah, I forgot about the volume pedal / trumpet wow setup on the Gibson organ as another foot controller! Something it seems should not be done barefoot…

  2. Thanks for the music. I tried to approve the comment, but it did not work. Too bad. I like the thought of inspiring artists to make something new. It’s wonderful to get new input, as an amateur musician I know how valuable that is. Imagine: I saw those branches, and it took me about a minute to take the picture (thanks to Sony). But obviously this made you spend a lot of time being creative., and that’s so much more valuable than the picture. On the other side: the picture means a lot to me. I took it on my honeymoon holiday – and it’s a bit about marriage. So you see: everything about art seems to be connected. That’s what I love about this place (the interface is driving me nuts, tho ….).

    • ViVaDa, I appreciate your comment regarding the music, as well as further insight into your artwork! Inspiration is a valuable thing in almost any endeavor, most especially art. I understand both the immediacy, as well as the dedication involved in photography, and this piece shows both in good measure. Making the song was quite physically demanding, but also so satisfying. I can see the marriage you speak of reflected in the picture, the connection, the complexity. You mentioned being an amateur musician yourself, what is your medium or way of expression?

      • You may see this as a metaphor for marriage, which seems to fit, but I also have some additional memories connected to it. A few minutes after I took the picture my wife almost broke her ankle and it was very difficult to get her back to civilized places. She still complains that the first thing I said was “Oh no, I can’t carry you!”, which is still true, but seemingly not what you should say in moments of despair … Anyway, I am a dedicated computer musician since the “Music Construction Set” (1984). I’m also a quite lame bass and guitar player, but skilled enough to develop ideas for sequncer tracks. I’m on Soundcloud as ToneArt and Toax (a little side project with a friend) and you are even following Toax over there 😀

        • Ahh, yes, when you mentioned Toax, I instantly remembered. Sounds like you have been creating music for quite some time! Like you, I am poor at bass, but my wife can more than make up for that when she plays! The memories associated with photographs are very important. Took some photos from a bridge earlier this year of some rocks which someone had been stacking in the creek. I can’t help but think back, when I look at them, to the time a few years ago in which my wife fell and broke her arm. It was extremely icy that year, most especially where she stepped of of that bridge. Ice is her natural enemy ever since, and I try to do the proverbial “carrying,” though not in the literal meaning like you brought up! I will look up ToneArt next!

          • Toax is a small bizarre time-warp project. It’s strange, because it’s not exactly what I love to do but it’s amusing and challenging.
            The memories connected to a picture are most strange. I took this picture because the roots were spectacular. Took me some time to figure out the right spot to take the picture and it was a happy moment. So, a few minutes after that my wife got injured. I wonder if that picture would have a different meaning if it would have been a perfect day. If you take a picture five minutes before a catastrophe, you can sell it for some money to a newspaper. So obviously time and context is relevant, even if it’s not a part of the picture. I will keep that in mind for the names of future pictures …

  3. It’s interesting to me that you refer to Toax as a “time warp project,” as I am very heavily influenced by feelings of time warping. Time and the experience of time seems so subjective, and even the smallest event seems to effect the passage of time, or place me somewhere else in the time line. Your ideas about the meaning of an art work in reference to what occurs near the actual moment is very relevant to me. This feels similar to my recent obsession with premonition and foreshadowing. There seems to be part of all moments which follow in each present moment, if nothing else due to the fact that the way a moment progresses has long lasting effects. It also seems to work the other way, into the past. Enjoying this conversation! Need to go record something soon!

  4. I don’t think time warp is possible in the material world, it’s a Nerd’s dream. But humans are spiritual beings as well. That thought is somehow uncool these days (since it’s hard to sell products to monks) but past cultures (and the 60s drug movement) did accept that. I do believe that, allthough we are chained to the material world, there are huge spiritual experiences all make – all the time. Let’s say dreaming, for example. Or being creative. Haveing a “vision” in the meaning of making things come true. Also I like your idea of a single small event being a pivotal point, Art and music may be a good way to show that. It’s reducing the most complex settings to a single, understandable work. So others can experience something similar by watching/hearing. In a way it’s a time warp, because listening to Bach or looking at Rembrandt’s pictures, you can explore the minds or ideas of long gone people. You can feel like it was being Bach, that’s a great thing!

    • I agree with you completely! Although time may be a constant, our experience and perception of it are not. Spiritual life, dreaming, premonition and memory are all excellent examples of this. It’s sad the way that the 60’s culture has been reduced to slaves and lonely dissolutioned individuals these days, as there was much to be learned. I want to know what it felt like to be Dali!

  5. Experience is the point. I had a bad cold and sinusitis a few years ago. The doctor gave me some really strange painkillers. I dreamt a hit man was following me, a shocking nightmare. When I was awake (was I) the other day I saw exactly that man, checking the names at the door bells at the opposite building. I ran and locked the door and hide myself.
    There is probably a perfect “material” explanation. Side effects of the drugs etc. But the story was and is real for me, that’s what I experienced. After 15 years I still remember it, but I forgot most of the “real” stuff from back then. It is a valuable and important experience. Experiences like these are a huge source for art – you menitioned Dali. The unease of the unreal. Most people do not like the thought that these kind of experiences may be more “real” for you than “real” experiences, but they are, because they are beyond what you live every day. Maybe it’s what transcendence all about.

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