Animation, Digital Art, Visual Arts
2011 - 2012
Custom software

A collaboration between Abstract Birds and Quayola
  • 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.

    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