Re:cursive

(2015)

for 5.1 surround video

Program Note:

Letter writing has nearly been lost to e-mail, texts, and emojis. Additionally, cursive handwriting is continually being dropped from curricula across this country. I speak for myself on this, but I keep most forms of hand-written letters, notes, and cards simply for the thoughtfulness and time that it takes to write something by hand. Re:cursive explores this nearly lost form of communication. The video follows an abstract narrative of a person writing a letter to a non-descriptive recipient.  The cursive text is transformed into new worlds using 3D animation. Most of the sounds heard in the piece are derived from recordings using a contact microphone taped to a wooden table as I wrote, drew, and scribbled on paper. I chose other sounds that related to the noisiness of writing to use in the composition.