R. Luke Dubois
"Melvin Gibbs, Electric Bass Guitar," 2014
HD video portrait with sound
3 hours, loop
12 x 20.3 x 2 in / 30.5 x 51.6 x 5.1 cm
Edition 1 of 3, 1 AP
This piece is part of a series of screen-based video portraits that DuBois shot in August 2014, capturing seven of his longtime collaborators: flutist Natacha Diels, bassist Melvin Gibbs, trombonist Chris McIntyre, violinist Todd Reynolds, guitarist Elliott Sharp, cellist Alex Waterman, and composer-performer Bora Yoon. Filmed in high-speed video, and slowed considerably in playback, the individual details not seen by the naked eye become focal points of interest, portraying the inner world of each sitter through the minutiae of their gestures and sounds.
The video recording of each musician captures three consecutive sessions. In the studio, DuBois instructed the musicians to play for six minutes per take, while capturing video at 240 frames per second. The edits of the takes, played back at 24 frames per second, result in three hours of screen playback. The sound then was algorithmically processed by DuBois using a custom “averaging” software, which yielded a rich audio track for each sitter that is continuously ambient and reverberant.