LIGHT POOLS   1:07:57

music from small pools of light
adjacent to Zen Temples in Kyoto and Tokyo, Japan

         ROCK POOLS 7:36
  LEAF POOLS B    8:21

looped and overlaid in a perpetual intermix

in conjunction with an installation at
Galerie Omotesando, •\ŽQ“¹‰æ˜L
Tokyo, Japan, June 2007

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Light Pools
(C) 2007 Steven Berkowitz / Fluid Music (634479781186) (format: CD-R)

Classic Ambient / sound environment from art installation, perfect for relaxation, contemplation or inspiration


Light Pools is very slow, open music with many areas of silent space. It is a combination of 3 individual scores that are written to fit together in various alignments.

This music is perfect for relaxation or contemplation yet is compelling and inspires positive thought.  The Light Pools music is also beneficial for body therapy.

Light Pools is a project that began as a collection of photographs shot at Zen Temples in Kyoto and Imperial Gardens in Tokyo, Japan. Sequences of photos were shot to capture small pools of light created by the leaves of trees overhanging these sites. The photos are very calm and quiet, and are almost pictures of nothing, very much like the feeling of the Zen Temples themselves.

The photographs were then translated into sound using a technique called esonificationf. Three photo sequences were processed; Rock Pools, Leaf Pools A and Leaf Pools B. The three musical scores, along with their source photographs had their premiere installation in the Omotesando Gallery in 2007 in Tokyo.

The environment of Lateral Imaging the Light Pools music is Extended Time, the time between the ticks of the clock. Berkian music resides in extended time and creates a condition of listening that taps the deepest resources. It removes the listener from present time and place, allowing the imagination to move into new realms.

The slow evolution of the composition invites the listener to pay even closer attention to the details, seducing them into a more intimate relationship with the music. This music links artist and audience, suspending them on a journey of shared emotions and source memories. As with dreams and myths, extended time music can overcome resistance to forgotten powers and images.

The scores from each photo sequence is a different length. All three pieces played as continuous loops on three separate sound systems. The scores line up differently as they loop, creating a Perpetual Intermix, always sounding similar but always different.

This CD is a recording of the mix on one particular day. To experience the real composition you could purchase each individual sound piece and play them on three separate sound systems, spread around the room. This is the way Steven Berkowitz has his living room set up. This is a true multi-media sound experience. Another option is to purchase the DVD Audio version recorded in 5.1 surround sound audio.

The presentation of variations of a single image or related images forces the audience to use eCompound Perceptionf to absorb all the information. This helps remove us from our typical linear mode of thought to employ lateral thinking.

When an image is perceived simultaneously through multiple senses, such as organic patterns of light and shadow presented as photographs and sound, an experience called eSynaesthesiaf can occur. This is a profound ecstatic mood. Since the sound is created by natural patterns the human body begins to vibrate with sympathetic vibrations. This can be a powerful healing force. A resonance is created that intimately connects the artist and audience. This can become an emotional inspiration.

Lateral Imaging is a way of seeing the world. It is a philosophy that links our perception, conception and emotion. Lateral Imaging views the world as a field of coincidental events, each affecting all others, everything connected in an intimate way. The way the 3 scores in Light Pools intertwine is a model of this philosophy. This is an example of eCompound Perception to realize Lateral Imagingf.

The bottom line of this and all of Stevenfs work is to show how we are totally integrated with our world, not standing outside looking in. The patterns of nature are the same as the patterns of life in general. The patterns of our intellect determine our view of the world, i.e. our world creates us so we can create our world. This unity is the essence of Lateral Imaging.

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Steven Berkowitz is a multi-media artist whose base is photography. He shoots sequence of photographs to capture patterns in nature. He then translates these patterns into sound using a process called esonificationf. When the photos and sound are installed in a gallery together, the same image is presented to both the eyes and ears, presenting the possibility of a esynaestheticf experience. The philosophical base for this work is the concept of eLateral Imagingf that indicates a unified view of the world.


Steven is currently Associate Professor at Tyler School of Art / Temple University. He is the Area Head of Photography in the Department of Art & Art Education.






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