Tom Hall - July 2009

Tom Hall's work Subtle Disparity will feature as part of Next Wave Time Lapse every Thursday at 5:30pm in July 2009, at Federation Square.

Subtle Disparity is a translation of the peripheral environments that exist in and around Federation Square. Using the shifting audio frequencies at Federation Square to manipulate video footage of the site, the work is a rich, sensory, experimental video that presents an abstract layering of colour, space and light.

With a painterly aesthetic and a mutating array of colours and forms, Subtle Disparity suggests different passages of time and motion interwoven with the architecture of Federation Square. You can read info about how Tom came to make the work HERE at the Next Wave Time Lapse website.

As a way of publically documenting his art-making for Time Lapse, Tom is posting notes and videos about his processes both here and over at his webiste,

Friday 3 July 2009
Tom Hall's
Subtle Disparity, luminous and large in the winter night

Tom Hall's Subtle Disparity from Next Wave on Vimeo.

Last night, as a surprisingly large number of people made their way through Federation Square, a new screen-based work by Tom Hall, our Next Wave Time Lapse artist for July, screened large into the winter night air. Tom's work titled Subtle Disparity is a visual meditation on the Square itself; images, colour and textures were generated by audio recordings Tom made at the site.

View more images of the screening here.

Tuesday 9 June, 2009

"My video composition for the NEXT WAVE - Time Lapse program to be displayed in Federation Square is almost complete. I am just making adjustments to the final composition before setting it to make the final render.

Here are some stills taken directly from the final composition ‘Subtle Disparity’. (I will post some small video clips tomorrow)"

View Tom Hall's images here.

Tuesday June 02nd 2009, 9:48 am
"Development of my Time Lapse work is moving along quite quickly now. Subtle Disparity is really taking shape now with the inter-fed AV channels really developing one and other through the Audio/Visual Feedback Loop I have created. Here is a diagram of how it works:"

(See for the diagream)

">> ‘Light Sensor’ reads the varying light level in the ‘Image’ from Federation Square
>> The ‘Audio’ from Fed. Square is manipulated according to the reading from the ‘Light Sensor’
>> The ‘Audio’ creates an ‘Audio Wave Form’
>> Audio Frequencies within the ‘Audio Wave Form’ are interpreted and processed into data that varies depending on the level of specific frequencies.
>> The ‘Audio Wave Form’ data then manipulates charateristics of the ‘Image’.

Below are some A/V clips taken from the process:"

Time Lapse - Test Clip1 V2 'AV Feedback Loop' from Tom Hall on Vimeo.

Time Lapse - Test Clip2 V2 'AV Feedback Loop' from Tom Hall on Vimeo.

Time Lapse - Test Clip3 V2 'AV Feedback Loop' HD from Tom Hall on Vimeo.

Time Lapse - Test Clip4 V2 'AV Feedback Loop' from Tom Hall on Vimeo.

Time Lapse - Test Clip5 V2 'AV Feedback Loop' from Tom Hall on Vimeo.

"In some of these clips the ‘Light Sensor’ can be seen attached to the screen."

Friday May 29th 2009, 9:13 pm
"Wow I think it must have been years since I’ve posted on my blog twice in two days. Anyway I would say the reason is I’m pretty into some of the new configuring and setups I’m working at the moment for my live solo a/v works, I’m also using this methodology in the studio which is where I think the advancements are being made."

"A new piece (preview work in progress) in HD."

Destroyed - work in progress experiment from Tom Hall on Vimeo.

Thursday May 28th 2009, 10:06 am
Notes by Tom Hall:
"I have been battened down in the studio working ferociously on my next piece of work,
Subtle Disparity."

"This work continues on from past areas of interest, that being peripheral space of various forms, shapes, sizes and natures. Below is a collection of short clips that represent an interesting processing formula I have developed where I have disbanded conscious video editing by myself to a level of merely choosing the ‘manipulation type’. From there I have set about writing a program that leads certain frequencies within audio derived from Federation Square (Melbourne) to choose the level of manipulation and layering the moving image (also from Federation Square) takes. The unique attribute of this work is not the frequency manipulation of the image, but the fact that I have used sensors to take light readings from the imagery, using these readings (parameters) to then re-manipulate the audio, creating an audio/visual feedback loop. The results are somewhat uncontrollable."

Time Lapse - Test Clip1 from Tom Hall on Vimeo.

Time Lapse - Test Clip2 from Tom Hall on Vimeo.

Time Lapse - Test Clip3 from Tom Hall on Vimeo.

Time Lapse - Test Clip5 from Tom Hall on Vimeo.

Time Lapse - Test Clip6 from Tom Hall on Vimeo.

Time Lapse - Test Clip7 from Tom Hall on Vimeo.