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.

7 Comments

Tom B

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.

Justin Cone

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.

Olof

Pas de Deux was also what inspired me to make this music video: https://vimeo.com/22332753 Thought you might be interested in another take on the source.

Jasper Kuipers

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…)

Justin Cone

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.”

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