In an interview, Somma talks about his own creative process:
Watching this choreography is disturbing, largely due to the soundtrack. How did you meet the challenge set out by the choreographer to create something so terrifying?
Sound is so powerful because we literally experience sound waves in our ears and around us. To create the ‘scary’ noises for the soundtrack, I went to the studio and hooked up microphones to different guitar pedals and recorded while I played around. I also shrieked into the microphone a lot! Some of the sounds were field recordings that I ‘pushed’ in post-production.
At first, what I created was quite monolithic, but Jiří preferred something less predictable. I had to move the sound from ‘intense’ to ‘scary’, so I made it more sporadic, with more ups and downs.
The resulting sound was the most aggressive I've ever created. When I was making it, I would sometimes laugh at the absurdity of how far we were going with it.
The video effect is unusual and also distressing to watch, particularly when it is paired with your sound. How did you come across the effects you used?
For me, there is something quite beautiful in a digital ‘glitch’, and one turned out to be perfect for Anonymous. I had been working on ‘breaking the code’ for this particular glitch for a few years, and could control it to a certain degree. Ultimately, though, I have no real control over the colours and how they bleed. For me, a large part of the beauty in this effect is its unpredictability.
I showed Jiří this technique I had been developing and, luckily, he fell in love with it.
How is it created? Well, without going too deeply into the ‘video geeky’ stuff:
Essentially, I had to learn to carefully destroy the architecture of the video. Unfortunately, the only software programs that allow access to the architecture of video for corruption – in order to create the glitches – are not very good. Inevitably, the program crashes my computer while I am working, so it is a slow process. I have to work on only a few frames at a time, pausing often to save my work.
You created the work in only a few days. How did you feel about it in the end?
Overall the entire experience was extremely rewarding. This was the first time I was allowed so much control and input into Jiří’s process and work, which showed immense trust between us.
It was an extremely large amount of work to do within a short period of time, and many things had to be recreated from scratch on my end, even after having worked a long day. But Jiří is an easy individual to work with, as he isn't afraid to sit beside you and work through issues step by step and, more importantly, laugh throughout the process and have fun.
Will the piece be performed again?
Jiří has spoken about making this piece into an evening-length work and I am interested in how one could do that, as this version was an installation. However, I welcome the challenge because he’s simply a fun guy, no matter how scary the product might be!