I had a cold drink of water with musician/composer LeRoy Bach the other day. He was talking about his idea that Sun Ra’s most radical experimentation was expressed through the way in which he recorded the music. LeRoy explained that Sun Ra would often place the mic so that a very small and subtle thing could be experienced, through the recording medium, as a very large and expansive thing.
I think this is a brilliant observation. The quest is to find ways of applying this technique to video, in conjunction with Julie Perini”s ideas about relational filmmaking for the project that is brewing here.