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The Music Animation Machine

story © Michael Betancourt | published December 4, 2004 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print

research: VISUAL MUSIC

Information, a timeline and stills from Stephen Malinowski's computer-based project. Downloadable videos are also on his site.

Frequency Associations

story © Michael Betancourt | published December 3, 2004 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print

research: VISUAL MUSIC

The creative association between sound and experience is a common interest of both people making movies and people making visual music.

C. Michael Smith presents a new ageish list of correlations of sound with astrology, along with a listing of the major keys.

In contrast, this website makes a series of associations between hertz frequenceis and all sorts of things...

Not sure I believe everything either site claims, but it's interesting anyway.

The Scriabin Project (Visual Music)

story © Michael Betancourt | published December 2, 2004 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print

research: VISUAL MUSIC

Jeffrey Burns' The Piano of Light is a computer-driven visual music system created to play Scriabin's Prometheus and other pieces of visual music.

The press quoted on the page summarize the project pretty well: "With four contemporary works and the Seventh Sonata of Scriabin, together with a projection screen filled with graphics and the lively play of 60 spotlights onto an artificial 'sky' hung from Podewil's theater ceiling, the first performance on this 'instrument' became a rapturous multimedia event."- Neue Musikzeitung

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Visual Music Timeline

story © Michael Betancourt | published November 29, 2004 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print

research: VISUAL MUSIC

This timeline is one of the best summaries of the history and development of visual music I've seen on-line.

Scott Snibbe, Movies from 1990-1996

story © Michael Betancourt | published November 28, 2004 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print

research: VISUAL MUSIC

Scott Snibe has some movies for webbrowser: "I was searching for a way to make a hard-edged abstraction like Fischinger's by using my body directly as Lye did. In an epiphany one evening staring at the computer, I realized that the cursor was the most interesting object on the screen. Here was the only place that my body, through the mouse, came into the computer. Based on this understanding, I created Motion Sketch, which attaches the movements of ones hand to the movements of abstract forms. These forms exist in a short one-second loop. The temporal complexity comes from the continuous layering of these forms, creating a rich motion painting."