Mary Ellen Bute 1906-1983
Synchromy No. 2 – 1935
Duration: 6 min
by Mary Ellen Bute and Theodore Nemeth, 1936, 6 minutes
Music: „The Evening Star“ by Richard Wagner sung by Reinald Werrenrath
Courtesy: Mary Ellen Bute, Theodore Nemeth, Anthology Film Archives
While German absolute filmmakers often drew on J. S. Bach for their understanding of form, Bute derived hers from mathematician Joseph Schillinger, as the Synchromy series shows. The visuals are reflections and refractions of light from glass colanders. The music is Wagner’s O’ Evening Star – a Venus statue represents the star. (R. Bruce Elder)
This film is a pioneer effort in a new art form – It is a modern artist’s impression of what goes on in the mind while listening to music.
Music, in addition to pleasing the EAR
brings something to the EYE.
The following film is designed
by a modern artist to create
MOODS THROUGH THE EYE
as music creates
MOODS THROUGH THE EAR.
Do you see anything like this when