Wednesday, May 25, 2011

'Raumlichtmusik' - Early 20th Century Abstract Cinema Immersive Environments.

"'Raumlichtmusik' - Early 20th Century Abstract Cinema Immersive Environments."
Essay by Cindy Keefer (Director Center for Visual Music)

"Leonardo Electronic Almanac, Creative Data Special Issue. Leonardo: The International Society for the Arts, Sciences, and Technology, and MIT Press. October 2009."

This is an important historical visual music essay on Oskar Fischinger and Jordan Belson's early experiments in creating abstract cinema for immersive projection environments. It traces the origins in their work of what is more common today - the immersive multimedia environment. Information about plans Fischinger had to present a multimedia performance for the Farblichtmusik shows (started by László) has been researched and documented in this essay and is very exciting information to check out for the scholar interested in accurately tracing the origins of visual music and in particular, its links to contemporary multimedia performance. The vortex concerts, are discussed in detail. These concerts are important to check out for both historical visual music but also in relation to tracing the origins of using projected visuals alongside electronic music, which is so common today, in relation to video projection with electroacoustic music. This article traces these connections and provides an introduction to its history. Do go and read.


"Filmmakers Oskar Fischinger and Jordan Belson created cinematic multimedia experiments from 1926 to 1959; three of these events are predecessors to immersive environments: (A) Beginning in 1926, Fischinger's multiple projector shows combining abstract films, colored light projections, and painted slides; (B) Fischinger's 1944 (unrealized) concept for a dome theatre with center film projectors filling the sphere, creating "endless space without perspective" and (c) Belson and Henry Jacobs’ 1950s Vortex Concerts at Morrison Planetarium, utilizing multiple projectors and 38 speakers, with
“no separation of audience and stage or screen; the entire domed area becomes a living theater of sound and light."

Article can be read online at:

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Andrew Hill - Flux

I have been coming across Andrew Hill's name in relation to visual music quite frequently recently. An up and coming artist and researcher in the audio-visual artwork genre. Flux is quite beautiful in its sound and image relationships - ordered, synaesthetic, gorgeous.

More info on Andrew Hill

"Andrew Hill is a composer from the UK. He studied electroacoustic music and music technology at Keele and De Montfort Universities electing to focus his studies upon audio-visual composition. He is currently conducting PhD research investigating audience reception of electroacoustic audio-visual artworks with Leigh Landy and Bret Battey at De Montfort University."


Flux from Andrew Hill on Vimeo.

"An audiovisual piece inspired by cyclic patterns, exploring sound and image relationships."

See also:

Friday, May 20, 2011

Understanding Visual Music 2011 - Conference - Call for Works

Call for works

Understanding VISUAL Music 2011

Hexagram-Concordia Centre for Research-Creation in Media Arts and Technologies
in collaboration with the Department of Music
Montreal - Canada
August 26th and 27th, 2011
Website for more information:




A two-day conference focused on developing an understanding of the
practice of visual music, its definition, related creative and
perceptual considerations, current trends, technological innovation, and
possible future directions.

The event will take place on *Friday the 26th and Saturday the 27th of
August 2011* and will include paper sessions, roundtable discussions,
and creative works presentations.

We are inviting researchers to present studies that address visual
music's multiple definitions and dimensions, questions around visual
music aesthetics and meaning, hierarchy and correlation of sound and
image in this context, and the audience's perception thereof. Artists
are also invited to propose visual music presentations -- both live and
fixed. Attendance is required in both cases.


*Paper presentation*: please use the *online submission engine *at to send: [1] an *abstract* (250 words or
less)**and [2] a *short biography *ready for printing (250 words or
less). Additionally send [3] *a 3-page CV as a PDF file *to .

*Visual music presentation*: please use the *online submission engine
*at to send: [1] the title of your *piece,
duration*, indication whether the presentation will be *live or fixed*,
[2] a *short description* of the proposed piece (250 words or less), [3]
a *short biography *ready for printing (250 words or less), and [4]
*detailed technical needs*. Also include [5] *links to audiovisual
sample material* hosted in a *non-expiring URL* (for this reason, please
do not send your audio-visual material using /yousendit/ or any similar
applications, and do NOT send your audio-visual material by email) and
[6] send a *3-page CV as a PDF file* to


*Paper presentations*: each paper will be presented in person by the
author for approx. 20 minutes followed by 5-10 minutes of discussion.

*Visual music presentations*: creative works presentations will take
place in a visual music show that will conclude the colloquium and
between paper sessions throughout the day.

*Roundtable discussion[s]*: an hour-long open discussion on key issues
related to the main theme of the colloquium.


- *Deadline *for reception of proposals: *June 18th, 2011*

- *Notification* of acceptance: *June 30th, 2011*

- *Confirmation of attendance* by artist/researchers: *July 20th, 2011*

- *Colloquium* UVM2011: *August 26th-27th, 2011*


Ricardo Dal Farra (co-director)

Eldad Tsabary (co-director)

Luigi Allemano (collaborator)



UVM2011 website:

*Understanding**V**I**S**U**AL Music 2011*

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Radio Dada by Rosa Menkman

Rosa Menkman's work is beautiful in how it works with glitch and artifact images in her video work.

"Every technology possess its own inherent accidents. ЯOSΛ MEИKMΛN is a Dutch visualist who focuses on visual artifacts created by accidents in digital media. The visuals she makes are the result of glitches, compressions, feedback and other forms of noise. Although many people perceive these accidents as negative experiences, Rosa emphasizes their positive consequences."
Source of quote:

Radio Dada by Rosa Menkman

Video: Rosa Menkman
Music: Extraboy

Radio Dada from Rosa Menkman on Vimeo.

"The video-images are constructed out of nothing but the image created by feedback (I turned a high-end camera on a screen that was showing, in real time, what I was filming, creating a feedback loop). Then I glitched the video by changing its format and subsequently exporting it into animated gifs. I (minimalistically) edited the video in Quicktime. Then I sent the file to Extraboy, who composed music for the video. The composing process started with a hand held world radio. Extraboy scanned through frequencies and experimented with holding the radio in different parts of the room while touching different objects. Eventually he got the radio to oscillate noise in the tempo that he perceived in the video. The added synthesizer sounds were played live to further build on the non-digital sound and rhythm. This was later contrasted with drums which were digitally synthesized and processed through effects with a very digital sound to them. Just like with the video, the digital and analogue media and aesthetics of sound are mixed into one coherent whole."

Rosa's website is a homage to her aesthetic - wow! (with audio too and flickering favicon)


Thursday, May 12, 2011

CCRMA Stage - Light Dreams: Visual Music by Vibeke Sorensen

Light Dreams: Visual Music by Vibeke Sorensen

Date: Mon, 05/16/2011 - 8:00pm - 9:45pm
Location: CCRMA Stage, The Knoll, Stanford University, USA
Event Type: Concert

"a retrospective of works by the renowned visual music artist and scholar Vibeke Sorensen. The concert will include a world premiere of Green Space, a new work in stereoscopic 3D."

Website with more information:

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Call for Works - MuVi3. International exhibition of video and moving image on synesthesia and visual music

"MuVi3. International exhibition of video and moving image on synesthesia
and visual music
Palacio de los Condes de Gabia (Granada, Spain) and Almeria University
16 th -19 th of February 2012

MuVi3, invites artists, musicians, designers and performers, also
professors and university students, to submit proposals of kinetic works to
be part of a public exhibition, with performances and discussions.
The event is organized by the Foundation of Artecittà (Granada), the
Politecnico di Milano, the University of Granada and the University of

Deadline for submissions:
15 July 2011
Fee of submission: Free
For informations:

Download of the Text and Forms of the Call in:
Contact: and

Audiovisuelle Rauminstallation fear:love by Gerrit Kress

This is a very fascinating audio visual work - emulating human emotion - those of love and fear, and how wonderful this piece is. The introduction is like the audiovisual elements breathe together.... a beautiful artwork.

Audiovisuelle Rauminstallation fear:love from Institut Fuer Musik Und Medien on Vimeo.

"fear: love is an audiovisual installation by Gerrit Kress, which deals with the two emotions fear and love. It shows the center of human emotion: an inner core that contains the particular emotion, grown in a system of transmitting and receiving arms that allow communication with the body and mind."[google translate from German]
Source: vimeo link:

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

CVM Lecture And Screening - At ZKM Germany - May 11, 2011

CVM at Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, Germany May 11.

For more information on this event, visit$7532

Cindy Keefer, Director of the Center for Visual Music Los Angeles, will discuss and screen work by pioneers of kinetic art and pre-digital cinema from CVM's archives... Keefer will screen work from CVM's archives including Dockum's “Mobilcolor Projections,” Bute's “Abstronics” (an early oscilloscope film), a short Bute documentary, the Fischinger “Lumigraph Film,” and more. She will discuss CVM's work with the Fischinger legacy, current preservation work, and “Raumlichtkunst,” the new restoration of his 1920s multiple-projector performances.

Followed by the screening “Films Sacred and Profane” by Jordan Belson

for more information on Center For Visual Music and visual music related events and news

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Binary Opposition - by Edgar Barroso

"Binary Opposition" for Video and Electronics by Edgar Barroso

Edgar Barroso
"Born in Mexico in 1977, Edgar Barroso is a PhD Candidate in Music Composition at Harvard University where he works with Hans Tutschku, Brian Ferneyhough, Helmut Lachenmann, Michael Gandolfi and Chaya Czernowin. "

This is a stunningly beautiful audiovisual work, that seems to reduce both aural and visual material to one thing, which is then used as material to craft a unified work that consists of aural and visual material. What I love about this piece, is its incredible sense of structure and development with visual and aural elements evolving over time into a variety of similar and dissimilar transformations - really engrossing work from start to finish.

View on vimeo

"Binary Opposition" for Video and Electronics by Edgar Barroso from Edgar Barroso on Vimeo.

"Binary opposition is a piece that explores the interaction of stable and unstable materials that interact producing a set of possibilities that goes beyond the limited nature of their own. They are all affected by each other, and are also “invaded” by a disruptive characteristic of the frame space that speeds up the materials, similar to wind that provokes acceleration. Metaphorically: The actual weather of the frame. "


Saturday, May 7, 2011

Vessel - Alba G. Corral and Jon Hopkins

Vessel - Alba G. Corral and Jon Hopkins

The visuals in this piece are just beautiful.

Vessel - Jon Hopkins from Alba G. Corral on Vimeo.

Collaboration between Jon Hopkins and Alba G. Corral in L.E.V. 2011

Website: Alba G. Corral

"Alba G. Corral (Madrid, 1977), based in Barcelona, use the code to create visual tools to give life real-time digital abstract landscapes. Develops programming
visual generative art and live performances in the live context cinema.

Combines form and technique, getting narratives that create atmospheres express sensitivity and taste for color. Has come a long way always related to visual manipulations. Improvisation different atmospheres digital sound and language become
abstract organic sensations in their creations take shape Processing carried out with the tool.

Regularly collaborates with musicians of the Barcelona scene as Miguel Marín, Stendhal Syndrome, or Nikka Aneas Iris, co which is the audiovisual project The Space in Between."
Translated with google translate
Original text:

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Visual Music - Supporting Programme

VISUAL MUSIC PROGRAMME at 18th Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film

The Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film, May 2011 presented a Visual Music supporting programme at the festival.

CVM (Center for Visual Music) presented two historical programs of abstract animated films by Oskar Fischinger, including preserved prints and rarely-screened films.
Title of Program: Oskar Fischinger Retrospective, May 7, 2011

Cornelia and Holger Lund presented contemporary visual music
Title of Programme: Visual Music: Contemporary, May 8, 2011.

A programme was put together on Norman McLaren
Title of Programme: The animator as musician, May 6, 2011


Visit CVM Events page for up to date information on Visual Music Events

Advanced Beauty - 18 Sound Sculptors

Advanced Beauty - 18 Sound Sculptors - 2009
Curated by Universal Everything
Soundtracks by Freefarm

A DVD was created and there are links to purchase the DVD on their website. The website created to support the collection is excellent with links to the artists whose work is documented online, with video clips online on their website and on their vimeo channel, so all can be seen online which is a great resource.

"Advanced Beauty is an ongoing exploration of digital artworks born and influenced by sound, an ever-growing collaboration between programmers, artists, musicians, animators and architects.

The first collection is a series of audio-reactive 'video sound sculptures'. Inspired by synasthesia, the rare, sensory experience of seeing sound or tasting colours, these videos are physical manifestations of sound, sculpted by volume, pitch or structure of the soundtrack.

The films embrace unusual video making processes, the visual programming language Processing, high-end audio analysis and fluid dynamic simulations alongside intuitive responses in traditional cell animation. Each artist was given the same set of parameters to work within; to start, finish and exist within a white space, creating a seamless coherence, all sculptures sharing the same white environment.

Using 1920 HD format, with 5:1 surround sound, the films transform the screen into a digital canvas, how the minimalism of a single, floating pixel can be as engaging as the maximalism of an intense multicoloured explosion.

Curated by Universal Everything and musician Freeform, Advanced Beauty is an international collaboration, taking in a family of artists from London, Russia, New York, Japan, Buenos Aires, Glasgow to San Francisco."


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Clinker - Gary James Joynes - Live Cinema

"GARY JAMES JOYNES is a sound artist, composer and visual artist from Edmonton, Canada...As CLINKER, his work explores meditative spaces and the kinesthetic and synesthetic effects of sound and visuals...Recent work includes "On the Other Side..." a Live Cinema piece commissioned by the 2008 INTERNATIONAL LEONARD COHEN FESTIVAL"

Clinker Live Cinema

Really beautiful work by Clinker in Live Cinema performance. He provides a really useful and interesting definition of Live Cinema on his website's live cinema page.


CLINKER’s Live Cinema creates a live synchresis between audio-visual events which reside in the moment. No computer or MIDI synching is used in the genesis of these events.

All A/V “connections” are live and are made possible organically through the use of live layering / phasing / triggering techniques.

Clinker’s interest is focused on the creation of a truly unique experience for each audience member using the brains natural ability to “connect the dots.”

All vocals and harmonies are performed and layered live in concert.



The term “Live Cinema“ has hitherto been used primarily to describe the live musical accompaniment of silent movies. But that was yesterday. “Live Cinema“ today stands for the simultaneous creation of sound and image in real time by sonic and visual artists who collaborate to elaborate concepts on equal terms. The traditional parameters of narrative cinema are expanded by a much broader conception of cinematographic space, the focus of which is no longer the photographic construction of reality as seen by the camera’s eye, or linear forms of narration. The term “Cinema” is now to be understood as embracing all forms of configuring moving images, beginning with the animation of painted or synthetic images."

VIEW VECTOR RAILS | Temporal Extinction Event 2011 Live AV Performance
Click image or link to view on vimeo



Filter - Issue 66 - Synchresis

Filter Magazine Issue 66 / Synchresis
Australian Sound Artists working at the spontaneous weld between sounds and image.
December 2007.

Monster and Maps by Mitchell Whitelaw

Synchresis DVD

"The Synchresis DVD, curated by Mitchell Whitelaw brought together ten Australian sound artists:
Gordon Monro,
Wade Marynowsky,
Peter Newman,
Jean Poole,
Julian Oliver & Steven Pickles,
Robin Fox,
Andrew Gadow and
Abject Leader.

3000 copies were circulated in Filter Issue 66 nationally and internationally and the DVD was launched at the Chauvel Cinema Sydney with live performances by Robin Fox, Peter Newman and Ian Andrews."

Synchresis DVD vimeo channel

The Synchresis DVD works can be seen on ANAT’s Vimeo Channel.

Example highlighted here: - PRINCIPLE 4 (excerpt) by Botborg

ANAT, Filter Issue 66 Synchresis, 2007 - PRINCIPLE 4 (excerpt) by Botborg from ANAT on Vimeo.

"First published as the ANAT (Australian Network for Art and Technology) Bulletin in July 1988, Filter has been informing and inspiring a global network of artists, designers, curators, researchers, writers, educators and creative and research organisations for over two decades. Each issue thematically investigates an area of emerging practice or art form of the future; exploring the new creativities which are occurring across community, culture and industry."

Event - The New Flesh - May 2011

Event - The New Flesh - May 12, 2011 - Toronto, Canada.
"Experiments in audio video performance exceeding all reason! avant garde video in the omega age"

Thursday May 12, 2011
The Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto, ON, M6R 2M9. Details and updates available on the facebook event page here.

"The New Flesh
Experiments in audio video performance exceeding all reason! Avant garde video in the omega age.

Featuring Performances by:
Botborg (Germany / Australia)
Nohista (France)
Rybn (France)
Rko (France)
Skeeter (Canada)
Mandelbrut (Canada)
The Nod (Canada)
Tasman Richardson (Canada)"


Schematic as Score by Derek Holzer

Vague Terrain 19: Schematic as Score: Uses and Abuses of the (In)Deterministic Possibilities of Sound Technology.

Interesting article on synthesising images and sound and looking back to electronic video and music pioneers to provide a context for more informed contemporary work that synthesise video and sound.

View article:

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Optical Glasses Installation

I have just come across this very interesting audiovisual project installation, based in Russia. The glasres are illuminated to the music. It consists of hardware and software to realise the illumination.

A video clip of the installation is available on youtube or at the website documenting the project
Youtube link:

Monday, May 2, 2011

Bart Vegter - Nacht-Licht - 1993

Bart Vegter, Nacht-Licht, Netherlands, 1993, 13 min. 16mm

View Nacht-Licht on the EYE channel at Preview Instant Cinema

"Vegters first film made with the use of handwritten image generating computer programmes. Each of the three parts in the film has its own, formal starting-point. On this formal basis, variations are executed by gradual changes in position, direction, movement, velocity and colour of the elements."

Kurt Laurenz Theinert - Visual Piano

Light Installation Artist - Kurt Laurenz Theinert - Visual Piano

Kurt Laurenz Theinert is a photographer and light artist, who develops, performs and installs incredible light installations.  The following is a summary of his visual piano instrument.

"The visual piano is an instrument which makes it possible to create moving images in a space. It is unique and was conceived and developed by the photographer and light installation artist Kurt Laurenz Theinert in collaboration with the software designers Roland Blach and Philip Rahlenbeck.

Using a MIDI-keyboard it is possible to generate varying graphic patterns which can be digitally projected onto one or more screens. These dynamic and immediate drawings in light are not (as with VJ soft-and Hardware) generated by pre-recorded clips, but every moment of the performance is being played and modulated live and in real time via the keyboard and pedals."

Source from website [Text: Winfried Stürzl]

Visit his website for more information on his work, installations, collaborations and performances.

The visual piano has been used in installations and in audiovisual concerts. 

"Over several years the pianist Martin Stortz and Kurt Laurenz Theinert have been exploring the relationship between pianosounds and graphic patterns generated in realtime by using the visual piano. Sound an image interact in a very sensitiv dialogue - creating an audivisual concert."
source: Link

on the link above, there is a link to a quicktime video clip excerpt


Youtube embed: Light Concert
marienkirche stuttgart, nikola lutz, saxofon, kurt laurenz theinert, visual piano

CVM - Charles Dockum - Mobilcolor

Historical Resource

The Center for Visual Music (CVM) has a really useful research page on the Charles Dockum, the inventor of the mobilcolor projector - a projection device for performing abstract colour imagery.

Visit website:

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Call for Visual Music Works - VISUAL MUSIC AWARD


Call for Entries 2011

"The avant-garde-artists of the “Absolute Film” movement worked on visionary film experiments. They created visual symphonies from animated images which they composed on film according to their perception as artists. These were called “paintings in time”, ”visual music”, “symphonies of light and sound”, “cinematic paintings”, “color light music” or “space light art”.

Target Groups:

The “Visual Music Award 2011” is again an international call for proposals addressing young talents. Invited for participation are young independent creative artists and designers as well as students for example in the disciplines of new media art, experimental film and music video and allied disciplines.

In the year 2011, for the third time, we invite video jockeys (VJs or DJs) and "live-performance" artists to participate with their formats in the catagory "visual music live contest"!"
More information:

An Evening of Visual Music with Dennis Miller

CCRMA - An Evening of Visual Music with Dennis Miller
[CCRMA = Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, Stanford University, US]

A concert of visual music works presented by Dennis Miller at Stanford University - 5th May, 2011

An Evening of Visual Music with Dennis Miller
Date: Tue, 05/03/2011 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Location: CCRMA Stage, The Knoll, Stanford University
Event Type: Concert

"Dennis Miller, a visual music artist and scholar curates an evening of selections from Northeastern’s Visual Music Special Collection.

Come to see works by: Stephanie Maxwell, Vishal Shah/Adam Stansbie, Harvey Goldman/ James Bohn, Jim Ellis/Aksak Maboul, Damir Cucic/Erich Maria Strom, Betsy Kopmar/ The Headroom Project (Andreas Ecker), Bret Battey, Semiconductor (Ruth Jarman & Joseph Gerhardt), Brian Evans, Tina Frank/General Magic, Jean Detheux/Michael Oesterle, Bum Lee/Erik Satie, Karl Lemieux/Olivier Borzei, Gerhard Daurer, Eva M. Toth/Gyorgy Kurtag Sr., Gyorgy Kurtag Jr. and Dennis H. Miller."


CAMP Festival - Festival for Visual Music

CAMP Festival - Festival for Visual Music - June 2011

CAMP 2011 international festival for klangkunst and visual arts

performances june 11 and 12 at 9 pm / pogon, Zagreb
symposium visual music, lectures, rehearsals:
june 6 - 9 at 10am - 10pm, free access
CAMP festival party june 11 starts at midnight

"The CAMP Festival was founded in 1999 by Prof. Fried Dähn and Thomas Maos. Since 2003, it has been organized and run and coordinated by CAMP e.V. (Thomas Maos, Fried Dähn, Stefan Hartmaier, and Martin Mangold) .

The festival in Zagreb is a cooperation between CAMP e.V. Kirchentellinsfurt and KONTEJNER Zagreb, Croatia.

"Developement of new forms of audiovisual art. Research. Cooperation and communication. Intercultural and intermedial exchange between artists."

"The international Festival CAMP (Creative Arts and Music Project) is characteristically marked by experimental and electronic music in convergence with visual disciplines. For several days a selected group of artists, who belong to the international avantgarde in their field, work in a “laboratory of time” on audio – visual projects which will be presented to the public at the final performances."

"It is an innovative platform and interactive research lab for sound artists, musicians, and artists in the areas of video, installation, projection and new media. It focuses on new, experimental music in conjunction with light, projection and media art. In what is effectively a laboratory created for a defined period, artists – all of them recognized members of the international avant garde in their respective fields – collaborate for several days on new forms of audio-visual art, presentation techniques and live performances. The results are showcased to the public in concerts, installations, and performances held alongside the event. Moreover, various topics and aspects are presented and developed in accompanying lectures and workshops."