Every life form is affected by solar and lunar cycles. At a time when the world is being torn apart by violence and fear, these shared natural rhythms remind us that we are all profoundly connected regardless of geographic location, economics, religious beliefs, or politics. “Solar-Lunar Suite for Four Seasons” began with a study of sunrise/sunset, moonrise/moonset, and tidal patterns for each season of 2010. After formatting a chart of 24 hours to plot the times, I transcribed these rhythms into music by assigning pitch, note value, and register based on their positions. I chose flute for the moon, piano for the sun, and harp for the length of lines between rising and setting suns, moons, and high/low tides. When I heard flutist Jo Brand’s interpretation, it felt as if each movement evoked the sensations of its respective season. This inspired me to produce a video short with Dan Rubin's photographic studies of the holiday windows at the Bergdorf Goodman department store in New York. The structure of the video is derived from that of a musical sonata -- beginning with an exposition of visual motifs in Winter, repeated in Spring, and followed by the development in Summer, which expands on the themes with non-window images. Autumn becomes a recapitulation, with the images returning to the window displays. The photographs combined with video I shot of the seasons reflected in blue, green, yellow, and red cars offer sensory, dreamlike narratives that are open to interpretation by the viewer.
Unlike a scripted film, my approach starts with a piece of music, Dan Rubin's photography, and/or video clips that I shoot without an end result in mind. Serendipitous moments from reflections, shadows, insects, and movement often inspire new ideas. By editing to the music, a narrative emerges organically as I play with various elements. The photography, movement, and music weave together to create sensory stories without words that are accessible to speakers of any language.
Photograph by Dan Rubin
Tina Seligman Producer, Director, Composer, Videographer, Editor
Dan Rubin Producer, Photographer, Creative Consultant
Jo Brand Flute and Keyboards (Piano and Harp)
Lou Gimenez Sound Recording Engineer, The Music Lab NY