Len Lye: Swinging the Lambeth Walk


“Swinging the Lambeth Walk (1939), a four-minute, hand-painted Dufaycolor film ‘with a colour accompaniment by Len Lye‘, matches visual motifs to musical instruments: diagonals introduce piano phrases, circles express drum beats, wavy horizontals represent guitars licks, vertical lines map base parts, etc. Primary red, blue and deep green colour fields are rendered frameless by upwardly cascading kite shapes, luminous tapered stripes, and batik-like patterns.” (Brett Kashmere http://sensesofcinema.com/2007/great-directors/lye/)

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