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Bret Battey (USA, 1967) lives in Leicester, England, where he teaches at the Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre of De Montfort University. While trained as a composer at Oberlin College (BMus) and the University of Washington (MMus, DMA), with emphasis on electronic and computer music, for some time he made a living as a graphic designer. He began blending these domains in hybrid audio-visual compositions, emphasizing visual abstraction and elements of the electro acoustic art music tradition. He continues to develop this practice in both installation and screening formats.

Battey’s works involve custom-programmed generative processes in both the audio and visual domains, inspired by his fascination with feedback, complex systems, and emergent behavior. However, his works transcend this mathematical base, often evoking a distinct sense of profundity, reflecting a sensibility strongly influenced by Buddhist Vipassana meditation practice. We are not sure whether the processes we see and hear are deeply internal or vastly cosmic - and may begin to feel that, ultimately, these are both one and the same.

Autarkeia Aggregatum (2005) “Sound and images generate and influence one another, creating a magma constantly transforming in terms of light and colour, an evocative and tactile kaleidoscope, saturated and evanescent, at times about to liquefy, at others to explode like air." -- Invideo Milan (2006)

Mercurius (2007) Volatile and unstable, the audio-visual composition Mercurius shifts rapidly between multitudes of seemingly conflicting states. One sound-synthesis process and nearly 12,000 individual points are continually transformed and warped, restrained and released, without cuts, to form sonic and visual curtains and vortexes evoking both unity and destruction.


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