Director: Peter Christopherson
Time: 61 mins
Eye of Sound: Released as a companion to Coil's ANS box-set, Christopherson's ANS (also known as Coilans) is divided in four different movements, each corresponding to a different, but globally coherent, visual approach to the band's music. The whole project is intended as a tribute to the ANS synth, sometimes described as the first synth in the history of music. Simple and soft sine-waves float in the acoustic sea, resulting from Coil's very brief experiences with the synthesizer in Moscow, which operates by transcoding visual information into sound patterns. Thus, the animation successfully completes the cycle, now translating the synth's music back into visual form. Christopherson's work explores the subtleties of synesthesia by restricting itself to simple, elegant and subliminal chromatic exercises, while the music translates, in its pristine simplicity, the glorious reaches of analog sound. The slow modulations in the sound/image relation eventually defeat perception and synaesthesic thought processes start expanding, tuning our cognition machinery into the mysterious waves of analog and analogy.