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Background • Grew up in NC • Always around music • Parents were musicians • Troubled with piano lessons • No desire to read sheet music • Absorbed everything by “The Super Mix” • (Sat. night radio broadcasting from Ft Bragg Military base)
Background Cont… • Listened to cassettes • Inspired by Grandmaster Flash and Furious 5 • Started writing rhymes, then grew from there.
His Work • Usually some sort of piece dealing with duration. • Time based media • Some interpretations of sound/music • Usually a time lapse • Referred to as motion paintings • “Like jazz, these works provide Ellis with an opportunity to combine ideas with collaborators or work solo within a form that promotes improvisation and spontaneity.”
His Work • Explores sound and some sort of kinetic installations with digital synchronization. • Usually works on walls that are open to public • Occasionally features live music performance to match up what he illustrates. • Use of political and social issues/conflict. Ex. “A letter to the Pres.”
His Work • Examples • http://vimeo.com/7702060 • http://vimeo.com/7633205
His/Mine • Similar • Time based production • Time lapse • Simple shapes • Influenced by music • Gives a message • Use of text
His/Mine • Different • Scale • Medium used • Color • Style of music • Messages given (Him: political/social, Me: personal, philosophical) • Angles
Mine • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyB8o2s2Itc&feature=youtu.be