Digital Music and Arts Expo (DMAX)

One Million Seconds, Time and Motion Picture Study

One Million Seconds (Time and Motion Picture Study)

One Million Seconds is a study in imploded cinema. Each moment stitches together fragments sampled from 120 full-length motion pictures (24,000,000 frames / 1,000,000 seconds) from the history of cinema. The resulting film is generated from audio-visual fragments, sorted by their audio similarity to a hidden cantus firmus- Glenn Gould's 1981 recording of J. S. Bach's Goldberg Variations. The cantus firmus accompanies the opening titles. Subsequently, the movie consists entirely of matching fragments from the 120 films.