Visual artist Quayola’s collaborative project with Abstract Birds, Partitura-Ligeti, is a real-time sound visualization tool that creates generative graphics in a horizontal line, imitating the structure of a musical score. Abstract patterns flow across the screen, changing and evolving along with the sound. The shapes range in style, fluidity, and complexity, and are inspired by artists Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, and filmmakers Oskar Fischinger and Norman McLaren.
Quayola and Abstract Birds will be presenting Partitura-Ligeti at the Nemo Festival in Paris. The piece will involve two live audiovisual performances—based on composer Ligeti’s sonata for viola solo and performed by Odile Auboin— held on Tuesday, November 27th at MAC de Créteil and Friday, November 30th at Le Cube. A triptych installation will be on view at MAC de Créteil for the duration of the festival from November 27th to December 16th, 2012.
As Quayola states in the video above, many of his projects have explored music visualization, with the aim of creating a system to visualize sound and develop his own kind of language. Partitura-Ligeti goes some way to realizing that vision. During the performances in Paris, six Ligeti pieces will be transformed into a visual score, translating the sounds into abstract shapes and geometric forms. You can preview what the visuals will look like in the video below:
Partitura-Ligeti was commissioned by Arcadi in collaboration with Ensemble Intercontemporain for Nemo Festival, Paris.