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Binaural by arctoa Binaural by arctoa
Updated 03/03/2010 @ 04:50
Project2010: 071 of 375 (March 2nd)

Another old piece brushed off and polished for submission, and the second to at least vaguely resemble cover artwork; this time it is a monochromatic instance of Pearl Jam's Binaural.

Subject matter is a plasma lamp over a relatively long exposure.
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ChristineKalliri Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

With gratitude and respect,…

...Thank you for this Soulful piece of Art.



arctoa Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Student Photographer
Many thanks for the feature; it is most appreciated.
ChristineKalliri Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

This is really beautiful my dear friend... :blackrose:
arctoa Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Student Photographer
Thank-you kindly.
JoseMelim Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful and dynamic! I love it.
arctoa Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Student Photographer
Thank-you kindly.
kingwen Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional Artist
Thanks for your comments on my pieces, which led me to your gallery (via JakezDaniel's link to the interview you did with him).

There's quite a lot of resonance for me in your gallery as a whole, but I'm commenting on this one for the moment because I happened
to be recommending binaural beat technology to a student of mine. (Years ago, when I was a grad student, I participated in one of
the Monroe Institute's seminars, in which they were using early binaural technology to induce out of body experiences.)

This piece is especially cogent and thematic, I think, for how it illustrates the connection between sound and plasma. I think most
musicians know of the effect of sound on plasma (via the Ruben's Tube [link]).
What really surprised me was the corollary, the plasma speaker ([link]).

Not too long ago, I learned that the best measurements of the emission of qi from qigong practitioners was in the form of a sound
that averaged 8 Hz (from the palm!). The qi moving through the chakras is really a plasma braid, so it makes perfect sense that it
would come out as sound (and that sound -- "healing tones" for example -- would immediately affect qi). Anyway, this is a long-winded
appreciation for how you capture that relationship so economically while evoking Tesla, the Eye of Shiva, the Vesica Pices, and the Sun
all at the same time. I suppose even "Pearl" Jam would fit into this as the Logos Spermatikos.

I looked at some of your writing, which has a very unique quality. Hard to put a word to it, but it would be a kind of contemporary
"real" realism -- lots of SF allusion, but only because the "real" world is really pretty much SF now. You're a very interdisciplinary
writer, with a wide spectrum of allusion that makes for engaged reading. I think you need to write something longer and mix it
with your photography work, since they are facets of the same rich mind.
arctoa Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Student Photographer
Thank-you for this in-depth and informative comment; I had a look at some of the corresponding information and it is of great interest. I appreciate that you spent the time to look at some of my literary work, too; as it happens, I used to combine my writing and my photography but it became stagnant somewhere along the way - separating them was necessary, at the time. I think I may be edging back in that direction with my recent work, however; I'm starting to use visual overlays, so it's only a matter of time before I start experimenting with written word again.

Thanks again.
kingwen Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Professional Artist
Back in the 1990's, when there was an incipient movement called "Ribofunk" brewing, I wrote a novella in 4 parts. The plan was to make it a mixed-media book, but in those days publishers were loath to put high-quality images in "genre" books. You can see one of the sections, "Surgical Mercy," here:[link] (Other parts came out in web journals.) These days, e-publishing allows for far more flexibility, as you know.

Miran Kim, the illustrator, went on to do lots of X-Files covers and other genre work. (Mike Dringenberg, of Sandman fame, was going to do the art for the novella.)

Ribofunk never took off, but people like Gibson and Stephenson did set the stage for the kind of "real" speculative writing you're doing.

arctoa Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Student Photographer
Interesting indeed!
LutherBash Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
You've got something going on with your plasma lamps ;-), it works, wonderful composition and toning. :thumbsup:
arctoa Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student Photographer
Heh; thank-you kindly, I appreciate it. I enjoyed working with the plasma lamp, at some point I want to try experimenting with a larger one.
FAKoLL Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
very nice!
arctoa Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student Photographer
Many thanks.
limnides Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010   Artist
There's something very calm and relaxing about this image. Like white noise.
arctoa Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010  Student Photographer
Quite aside from the image, I find plasma lamps to be just that. It's one reason why I'm yet to dispose of it.
LaughingAstarael Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I never would have guessed a lamp, though I don't know what I would have thought otherwise. Every time I look at it, I think of eyes.
arctoa Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010  Student Photographer
The joys of experimental abstract work, hah.
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March 2, 2010
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Canon EOS 40D
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30/1 second
Focal Length
85 mm
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Date Taken
Oct 15, 2007, 11:31:38 PM