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"Impressions of an Exhibition"

"Impressions of an Exhibition" is an extended experimental film inspired by Modest Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition." The film was designed to be screened with live music or the pre-recorded orchestral track.
My ensemble Electric Diamond (www.electricdiamond.com) performs the music live. In addition, it can be played live with piano or orchestra.

  • Stuart Diamond
    See: www.stuartdiamond.com
  • Stuart Diamond
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Music Video
  • Runtime:
    33 minutes 16 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 6, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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Director Biography - Stuart Diamond

See: www.stuartdiamond.com and www.electricdiamond.com

Stuart Diamond was one of the seminal artists working with the synthesis of words, video, dance, and music (years before anyone had ever heard of MTV). He collaborated on many music video projects with such artists as Georgiana Holmes of The Pilobolus Dance Theater, Steven Malkus, Martha Curtis, Jason Sapan and Don Slepian. With Bruce Bassman he helped to create some of the first live outdoor laser light, firework and music shows for venues such as the Macy's Fourth of July Show (the largest fireworks display in the world).

The former New York City Ballet dancer Elizabeth Gottlieb created one of the first original video-ballet productions, entitled Journey. It was inspired by and danced to Lyric Images, an electronic symphonic work by Mr. Diamond. The video won top honors at The Festival of Americas.

Mr. Diamond has also created his own video projects, producing and directing his own original videography and animations. He has produced videos for many of his own music scores including Baroque Fantasy, Beauty Beast, Succubus, and Five Bagatelles.

As a commercial producer, Diamond has created 100s of videos, covering a range of areas - from nationally syndicated TV to music specials to commercials to video news. He is also executive media producer of The National Physician of the Year Awards,

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Director Statement

My path begins as a composer – for concert and for film – as well as dance, theater, and whatever other venues I could find (e.g. firework shows). All proceeded well enough in the beginning. Over time though, with the demands to make a more secure living, I evolved into a producer – not only of music but of commercial video projects. Since it was at the beginning of the digital revolution, I took on all tasks – from writing, directing, to editing. I spent over 20 years at it as my day job.

A few years ago a violinist was preparing a concert for live solo violin and video. She was to play my “Baroque Fantasy”. The videographer set to do the video bailed. My violinist friend turned to me and asked; “Why don’t you to it?” I agreed and suddenly I discovered something. All those years editing and producing commercial videos, working side by side some of the top visual artists in the industry, paid off. I not only knew how to produce and edit, I had a hard-wired skill set of how to wed visuals and music. First, it was only to my own music, then other living composers, and now to the classical composers of the past – in this case, Modest Mussorgsky. So “Impressions at an Exhibition” is one of my first filmmaking efforts – though I get to bring a lifetime of profession skills to the game.

As I review my music video works, I see one other major influence – all the years I worked in the dance community – often collaborating with wonderful choreographers – working directly wedding movement to music. My video work is perhaps best seen through the prism of modern dance – where form and shape move on a stage are structurally sculpted by music.