Program: Making Visual Music

LPM Live Performers Meeting 2014 Eindhoven
Edition XV June 26th - 28th 2014 | Eindhoven
Audio Visual Performing Artists Meeting
March, 26th 2014, 12:44 pm | June, 29th 2014, 4:00 am
June 26 - 28, 2014
StrijpS, Eindhoven Netherlands, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Making Visual Music MAIN IMAGE

Making Visual Music

AV Performance

Duration: 15 min.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014 | 00:38 > 00:53 | Stage 2

Making Visual Music contains three contrasting videos: Cavalcade, Three Arabesques and Memories are Made of This.

In each case, an initial visual idea has been sparked off by a musical composition for clarinet (either solo or as a duet). Apart from developing the idea visually, I call on my skills as a clarinettist to provide the sound track.

Cavalcade (3 minutes, 27 seconds)
Abstract moving images are generated through mathematical adjustment to the number of shapes (always circles) set in motion and the randomization of their colour, speed and size. These are then matched against Andalusian Cadence from ’24 clarinet etudes from the world’ by Gregory M Barrett.

Three Arabesques (6 minutes, 4 seconds)
In the past, Islam was far ahead of the West in producing complex art forms based on the dynamic mathematical concept of trigonometry. Now, through coding, artists in the West can similarly ‘confound the eye of the beholder’. I play a mathematical game based on hexagons – a common theme in Islam – to produce patterns which take flight into a realm of geometric fantasy. In performing this work, I play one part of Poulenc’s clarinet duet live; the other part is recorded. As you will hear, the composer’s sound world embraces, appropriately, both tonal and modal harmonies.

Memories are Made of This (4 minutes, 12 seconds)
This video is about the human brain. A typical brain contains 17 – 75 billion neurons, each connected by synapses to thousands of other neurons. They communicate with one another through a system of interweaving axons. Nobody knows how, but this communication process enables the brain to generate ideas, thoughts and memories. In the first half of ‘Memories are Made of This’, action potentials propelled by axons can be seen occurring at 10 – 100 per second but they are slowed down considerably in the second half, which represents the brain’s regenerative activity during sleep.


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