Eight audio-visual fragments: smokfraqs by Billy Roisz and Dieter Kovačič, a total of almost four minutes in length, can do without a comprehensive visual context or synthesization of the abstract music. Instead, it uses a sequence of miniatures which one could easily imagine as individual elements or in loops.
smokfraqs has been reduced to a pleasant result. The connection to the sound, which hums and crackles, rises and falls in intensity, is not created by fine analogies alone compressions or rhythms which coincide with the audio elements the moment of electronic feedback also plays a role. These visual effects provide a binding foundation for additional digital processing; each instance is separate, although similarities and variations can be found. Distorted geometric forms are used to create a type of grainy texture, or a flickering background of subdued coloration in front of which white particles dance. Frames and a drop through which finely grained strips meander are repeated into infinity.
Eight short 30-second sequences punctuated by black frames. smokfraqs, a serial work, is made compelling in part by its structural clarity and formal simplicity. (Isabella Reicher)