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Circle of Abstract Ritual

Digital downloads available at jeff-frost.com/downloads

Circle of Abstract Ritual began as an exploration of the idea that creation and destruction might be the same thing. The destruction end of that thought began in earnest when riots broke out in my neighborhood in Anaheim, California, 2012. I immediately climbed onto my landlord’s roof without asking and began recording the unfolding events. The news agencies I contacted had no idea what to do with time lapse footage of riots, which was okay with me because I had been thinking about recontextualizing news as art for some time. After that I got the bug. I chased down wildfires, walked down storm drains on the L.A. River and found abandoned houses where I could set up elaborate optical illusion paintings. The illusion part of the paintings are not an end in themselves in my work. They’re an intimation of things we can’t physically detect; a way to get an ever so slight edge on the unknowable.

Early in the process I mapped out a very interconnected narrative structure. It took a long time to fill that narrative structure in, and when I finished editing the film after seven solid weeks of being holed up in a dark room I had no idea if it was something anyone would want to watch. I almost cut the film into pieces before realizing that outside influences were pressuring me to make that decision, and that I was happy with it as it was.

It took a long time to come to the creation side of the original premise. It finally took form in a collaboration with sculptor, Steve Shigley, as well as 15 amazing volunteers who moved full sized tree sculptures 450 times over two nights to create the stop motion climax of the film (see the behind the scenes film, Story of Abstract Ritual for the tale of their monumental effort:vimeo.com/frostjeff/soar).

The idea I wanted to explore was the creation of culture as a conscious creative act, but without the trappings of dogma from institutions or even from ways of thinking. The circle of inverted trees became a small piece of the world with personal meaning where I could mark significant events, contemplate and reflect. That circle still stands, and I still visit it regularly. Several people who have been there have told me that it’s come to mean something special for them as well. They each have their own fascinating way of interpreting the power inherent in those trees.

This film is art for the sake of art. It was made with much generosity, from the people who let me crash on their couches to the people who backed the Kickstarter to people who just wanted to pitch in: thank you. This would not have been possible without your help.

Every spare cent I make goes back into creating art. If you’d like to see me keep doing what I’m doing please consider purchasing a download or a print at jeff-frost.com, or PayPal me at jeff@jeff-frost.com

Thanks for watching!

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SONOIO

'THANKS FOR CALLING'

Published on Sep 15, 2014

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Owl City - ‘Fireflies’

Uploaded on Dec 15, 2009

Music video by Owl City performing Fireflies. YouTube view counts pre-VEVO: 22,880,713. (C) 2009 Universal Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

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MOOGFEST SOUND LAB

YACHT

"Plastic Soul"

Published on Aug 26, 2014

YACHT spent quality time in the Moog Sound Lab during Moogfest. See the fruits of their epic hang as they re-imagine their manifesto “Plastic Soul” on all Moog synths. Claire Evans’ voice is processed through a Moog 500 Series Analog Delay. Jona Bechtolt uses mesh drum triggers to control 6 rack mounted Minimoog Voyagers, while Jeffrey Brodsky uses a Little Phatty to control a polyphonic chain of Slim Phattys. Rob Kieswetter plays the Sub 37 for the bass line.

Check out the site the band made for the song- http://plasticsoul.tv

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