Developing a Personal Glitch Aesthetic for Moving Image

  • Anthony Walters

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


This project presents five contrasting films with soundtracks exploring glitch music. The five films are non-narrative but representational, with music being an essential element.
The film and soundtrack work together as a single audiovisual entity. For this project, I composed the soundtracks and a filmmaker created the films based on my instruction.
The contrasting visual qualities of footage across this project allowed me to explore how specific glitch techniques could match the qualities of different visual temporal behaviours and activity.

The commentary discusses how I have modified conventional approaches to sound in film music, matched the visual and real world sonic behaviours of particular materials and
objects in the films, and how I have developed my own glitch aesthetic to create these soundtracks. Visual elements that I connect to my glitch aesthetic include light, kinetic
energy, colour, age of footage and real world objects. The commentary also analyses the concepts of hyperreal and surreal synchresis that I have developed to explore relationships between vision and sound.
Date of Award2023
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorAlex Harker (Co-Supervisor), Ian Gibson (Co-Supervisor) & Braham Hughes (Co-Supervisor)

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