Video Music

CIACCONA φ

Ciaccona φ from Partita #2 in D minor, BWV 1004 by Johann Sebastian Bach

Karen Bentley Pollick – Solo Violin; Stuart Diamond – Visualizatio

The visuals fuse geometrical and mathematical representations of The Golden Mean, Fibonacci Series, Pyramids of Egypt, as well as the Greek letter “φ“ that has come to represent this Divine Ratio, creating a tribute to Bach's own motto "Soli Deo Gloria".

IMPRESSIONS of an EXHIBITION
Based on Modest Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition."

Video produced and directed by Stuart Diamond

SIRENS

Visualizations set to a suite of four improvisatory etudes by Electric Diamond

Don Slepian - Keyboards

Stuart Diamond - Lyricon Wind Synthesizer

 SYRYNX
SYRYNX was inspired by the 2015 super "blood" moon. Set to an electronic work from the 1980's.
In classical mythology, Syrynx /ˈsɪrɪŋks/ (Greek Σύριγξ) was a nymph and a follower of Artemis, known for her chastity. Pursued by the amorous Greek god Pan, she ran to a river's edge and asked for assistance from the river nymphs. In answer, she was transformed into hollow water reeds that made a haunting sound when the god's frustrated breath blew across them. Pan cut the reeds to fashion the first set of pan pipes, which were thenceforth known as Syrynx.

CONTRASTS IN TIME

Music by Ayal Adler

Video by Stuart Diamond 

Violin Solo by Karen Bentley-Pollick

MONT ARARAT

Karen Bentley Pollick - Viola 

Dominique de Williencourt - Music

Stuart Diamond - Video

LIFE ON MARS

Life on Mars (2016)

Based on Dan Felsenfeld's : "Hooked to the Silver Screen" for Solo Viola

Viola - Karen Bentley Pollick; Music - Daniel Felsenfeld; Video - Stuart Diamond

Live performance at Chapel of Good Shepherd Center in Seattle, WashingtonWayward Music SeriesDecember 21, 2016 Violin, Viola & Video Virtuosity on Winter's Solstice


Notes by Daniel Felsenfeld:

I wrote a short solo viola piece for Nadia Sirota called "Hooked to the Silver Screen" (2011), which is a kind of free-flowing fantasia on the most astonishing song that Bowie (or, frankly, anyone) ever wrote: “Life on Mars.” I love taking a tune like this, somewhere lurking in another genre, and doing just terrible musical violence to it. I’ve likewise assaulted Leonard Cohen and Wild Cherry, as well as done terrible things to works of Debussy and Bach. Because in a certain way all music (if you buy into the whole Agon theory of Harold Bloom) does violence to the music that has come before it, and from this wrestle a new set of ideas takes root. I just wanted to be obvious and extremely brutal about it.

Notes by Stuart Diamond:

Missions to Mars have always been close to me, ever since I created a nationally syndicated television production called “Mission to Mars” that documented the original 1996 Pathfinder mission to the red planet. This video uses NASA animations from the 2011 Curiosity Mission to Mars. It tells the story of the just how lonely life on another planet can be until one finds a true mirrored mate.

 TIME REMEMBERING

 TIME REMEMBERING

Music is from an improvisation by Electric Diamond. 
Stuart Diamond, Video and Lyricon Wind Synthesizer,Don Slepian, Electronic Keyboard

 Reminiscence

Reminiscence
Music by Ayal Adler,
Video by Stuart Diamond

Moshe Aharonov, violin,
Amit Dolberg, piano

Recorded at the Jerusalem Music Center as part of the Israeli Composers League project (2008) 

Video produced at Electric Diamond Studios, New York (2016)

 

In the summer of 2016 Israeli composer Ayal Adler began working on a music-video collaboration. This was the  first time I created a video for another composer's work. An exciting chance to deeply explore the world of another composer's pysche.

FIVE BAGATELLES 

FIVE BAGATELLES for solo instruments, electronics and video

1. Sideways, 2. Sequences,
 
3. Koperian, 4. Patterns,  
5. WolfSong 

Five Bagatelles was composed for the Koper Contemporary Music Bienalle 2014. The work was premiered simultaneously in New York at The Firehouse Space and by the students of The Koper Music School in April 2014. The work is for one, two or three instruments with background music tracks. Performers improvise using written motifs as core material. This version was performed with solo piano and electronic wind synthesizer. Other parts can be added ad lib.  

TELLING TALES

Video and Music
by Stuart Diamond
Karen Bentley Pollick - Violin
Jonathan Salzedo - Harpsichord

1. Pre Ambling, 2. Magic Mandarin, 3.Lone Some, 4. Tango Tails, 5. Summer Ice, 6. Jacks to Jumping, 7. Music for a Rainy Afternoon 

"Telling Tales" had its origins decades ago, when I was working on a series of children's' projects. The individual pieces were coalesced into a suite for flute and harpsichord. Though the details are only fragments of memory at this point, I do recall that the melodies were drawn from several sources including a record project, commercials, and if I am not mistaken a song for a lovely young, yet mysterious woman. These days I often revisit early works, reworking the material to see how they might sound if they were written more recently.  So "Telling Tales" for Violin and Harpsichord is the 2013ish take on music from the 1970s. 

                                                                                                             BEAUTY BEAST

"Beauty Beast" is a work in progress.  Originally premiered live by the Electric Diamond Ensemble in 1977, "Beauty Beast" was scored for Soprano (Sally Jo Anderson as Beauty), Lyricon Wind Synthesizer. The work was presented at Carnegie Recital Hall, Symphony Space and several new music venues in New York. 

This video uses an audio track recorded in 1983 or so using an Teac 8-track analog tape recorder. All parts are performed with the Lyricon wind controller, Oberheim and Arp 2600 monophonic synths, Arp sequencer and Crumar Orchestrator. Though, Sally Jo Anderson (the original Beauty) can be heard in the coda. The video (as it now stands) was created between November 2012 thru April 2013 - using Adobe Premiere and After Affects.

SUCCUBUS 

SUCCUBUS - Music and Video by Stuart Diamond; Karen Bentley Pollick - Violin; Kerry Walsh - Soprano; Engineer - Kurt Kuwasaki

       1. The Cave
       2. NightWings
       3. The Kiss
       4. The Phantom Sea
       5. Dream Lines
       6. The Rising of a Lonely Sun

SUCCUBUS is a term that dates from the Middle Ages and refers to a demon that takes a feminine form to ravage men and women in their sleep,inducing erotic visions and nightmares. Along with its counterpart, the Incubus, these demons were thought to be the cause of the half-sleep state in which one cannot wake and feels the presence of a supernatural being.

SUCCUBUS is a six-movement tone poem for violin, soprano and electric orchestra. It is an exploration of the sensual and surrealistic dreamscapes of the Succubus. The music features the voluptuous and mysterious voice of Kerry Walsh and the sinuous violin playing of Karen Bentley entwined in a dark and erotic dance of love and desire. 

The primary imagery is based on the art work of 19th century French artists Gustave Courbet and NASA photography.

Original Score - 1975; Audio recording - 1994; Video - 2012 

                               BAROQUE FANTASY (Live)

BAROQUE FANTASY -  Music and Video by Stuart Diamond; Karen Bentley - Violin; Audio Engineer and Video Taping - Sam McGuire.

In Three Movements. The Version above is from a live performance in Seattle in November 2012

  BAROQUE FANTASY (Video)

BAROQUE FANTASY -  Music and Video by Stuart Diamond; Karen Bentley - Violin; Audio Engineer and Video Taping - Sam McGuire.

The video on the left is the music video by itself. 

(Click here to view full-screen)


BAROQUE FANTASY by Stuart Diamond for solo violin is a three movement work that looks back at the Baroque solo violin pieces through a contemporary prism. It is played by Karen Bentley Pollick. 

The work was originally  premiered in 1974 and played by legendary violinist Max Pollikoff. The video was created in 2012.  Original Score - 1974: Video - 2012 

 OVERSPEED

OVERSPEED - Choreography by Martha Curtis; Music by Stuart Diamond 

performed by the students at Virginia Commonwealth University - Circa 1987