Spectral Resonance

Spectral Resonance embodies an exploration of the clandestine Russian underground music scene during Stalin’s era, when Western music was covertly disseminated on x-ray film, escaping the harsh scrutiny of the authorities. The era’s subversive muses – Elvis, The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones – were all immortalised on these easily concealable x-ray films, a potent symbol of freedom amid repression.
Album & Artwork

7" Vinyl & Photographs

Drawing parallels with this audacious practice, I embarked on an experimental journey to etch sound onto photographic film, despite its delicacy and slender dimensions. Utilising a medley of analogue tools, including Moog Sub 37 & Mother 32, Acidlab M303, and Roland TR-707 & MC-202, I created a sonic piece that echoes the rebel spirit of the underground music scene.

An Exploration of Practice

To visualise the connection between movement and sound, I captured the fluid movements of two contemporary interpretive dancers on 10×8 sheet film. The negatives, carrying the weight of the analogue sound piece, were then carefully cut by a mastering engineer, thus weaving the dancers’ rhythm into the film itself. The result was an immersive installation where the viewers could engage with the original prints while experiencing the accompanying music through a meticulously designed record player.

As an ongoing exploration, I plan to extend this project’s boundaries further, experimenting with Ilford’s ULF format film. This work encapsulates my belief in the transformative power of art, one where sound, imagery, and history coalesce to form a compelling narrative of resistance and expression.