Michael Langan & Terah Maher: Choros

In the tradition of Norman McLaren’s 1968 film Pas de Deux, Michael Langan and Terah Maher combine music, dance, and image multiplication to create a film that enhances our perception of motion. Choros features music from Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians.

Choros is an experimental film steeped in tradition, modernizing a visual echo technique developed for scientific study in the 1880s. A fascinating write-up by the filmmakers on the chronophotography technique is available at their indiegogo.


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  • Very inspiring and a beautiful soundtrack. It reminds of the description of how humans would look, in a snapshot, through the eyes of a being that can see in the 4th dimension ala Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-5.

  • Man, I love Michael Langan. Typically, the phrase “experimental filmmaking” inspires me to run away at high speed, but his works are so compelling for some reason. I guess it’s the way he seems to deconstruct simple moments and play with time. I’m not sure.

  • Pas de Deux was also what inspired me to make this music video:

    Thought you might be interested in another take on the source.

  • Michael came and spoke at the Academy of Art University. Watch it here: https://speakers.academyart.edu/content/guest-speakers/web-design—new-media/michael-langan.html

  • Credit should also be given to the music, without it this film wouldn’t be half as hypnotizing.

    Steve Reich – Music for 18 musicians

    check out the whole piece it’s amazing! (and about an hour in length…)

    • Nice! Thanks, Jasper. And just for the record, the last sentence of the first paragraph in our post reads: “Choros features music from Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians.”

  • wonderful!