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Custom software A collaboration between Abstract Birds and Quayola
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Partitura is a custom software built in vvvv to generate realtime graphics aimed at visualising sound. The term “Partitura” (score) implies a connection with music, and this metaphor is the main focus of the project. Partitura aims to create a new system for translating sound into visual forms. Inspired by the studies of artists such as Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Oscar Fischinger and Norman McLaren, the images generated by Partitura are based on a precise and coherent system of relationships between various types of geometries. The main characteristic of this system is its horizontal linear structure, like that of a musical score. It is along this linear environment that the different classes of abstract elements are created and evolve over time according to the sound. Partitura creates endless ever-evolving abstract landscapes that can respond to musical structures, audio analysis and manual gestural inputs. It is an instrument that visualises sound with both the freedom of spontaneous personal interpretation/improvisation and at the same time maintaining the automations and triggers of mathematical precision.

Partitura defines a coherent language of its own for the creation of new contemporary abstractions. It is within this system that Partitura creates worlds that expand from a single dot to multiple galaxies, from minimalism to complexity, from rigid to elastic, from solid to liquid, from angular to smoothness, from tentative to boldness, from calm to agitation, from slow to fast, from desaturated to saturation, from dark to lightness, from predictable to unpredictability. Literally ‘everything’ and its opposite… just like a musical flow.
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#003
Partitura - Ligeti
Live Performance / Installation {Nov 2012}
Music composed by György Ligeti - performed by Odile Auboin
Commissioned by Arcadi for Nemo Festival, in collaboration with Ensemble Intercontemporain
 
Partitura-Ligeti is a live audiovisual concert and installation based on Ligeti’s sonata for viola solo, performed by Odile Auboin of Ensemble intercontemporain, Paris.
Through the use of bespoke software, the sound of the viola is analysed and transformed into dynamic graphic scores.
The six Ligeti pieces materialise into linear structures, translating the music and its complexities into abstract geometries and forms.
Ligeti had a far reaching influential palate from Renaissance to African music, literature, painting, architecture, science and mathematics, especially the fractal geometry of Benoît Mandelbrot and the writings of Douglas Hofstadter.
The Sonata for Viola Solo, has been described as “perhaps the greatest paean yet written to a single string, in this case, the viola’s lowest string, “C” its most sensual asset.

Credits
Abstract Birds / Quayola – Artists
Odile Auboin – Musician
Keri Elmsly – Producer
Adam Stark – Sound Analysis
Commissioned by Arcadi and Nemo Festival
In collaboration with Ensemble Intercontemporain
Music by György Ligeti
Developed in VVVV
with additional support from Julien Vuillet and Matt Swoboda
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#002
Live Performance {Sep 2011}
Music by Jamie xx

Classic Car Club, Shoreditch, London
Commissioned by Rizlab
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#001
Video {May 2011}
Music by Telefon Tel Aviv

Track: Fahrenheit Fair Enough
Length: 03' 02''
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#000
Live Performance {Mar 2011}
Music by Hildur Guðnadóttir + Basavizi + Novi Sad

Casa França-Brasil, Rio de Janeiro
®Nova Contemporary Culture