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28 November 2013

Featured video: Joyride (Rothwell/Schultz)

Featured video: Joyride (Rothwell/Schultz)

Joyride is a hand-drawn vector animation created by Alyssa Rothwell in response to Andrew Schultz's 2009 composition Ether Etude. With a visual elegance as simple as it is enchanting, Rothwell transforms the white void of the screen into a space where lines dance in rhythmic abstract formations. Concise and poetic, Joyride draws music and vision into animated movement.

Alyssa Rothwell is an artist based in Sydney, working with a range of digital and traditional fine art media to create animated artworks. She is also media production lecturer at the School of Arts & Media, University of NSW. Joyride (2012) was included in the Australian Showcase screening for the Melbourne International Animation Festival in 2012.

Andrew Schultz writes about his work: 'It's called Etude (or study) because the piece is a study on triplet motion and also a study on a phrase of music by Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111 - the second movement, "Arietta", bars 89-102. The 'ether' of the title suggests two things - the high floating gassy ether of the sky, and the knockout gas - hence the high passage-work and the slightly wonky, unsteady character of the piece.'

Joyride from Alyssa Rothwell on Vimeo.

Further links

Andrew Schultz - AMC profile
Andrew Schultz: Ether etude - work details on AMC Online
Alyssa Rothwell - homepage

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