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How is technology changing art?

The Concept

During the course of history, the arts have always been impacted by the technological advancements of the time. Whether it has always been a welcome change, we do not know. But just as French Impressionist paintings were born as a reaction to the rise in camera photography, Karlheinz Stockhausen's tape loops were born out of electronic devices and recorders, the powerful computers and softwares today have created a market that heavily emphasises on production (and the 'art' is then mass distributed via satellite and internet to televisions, computers, and other personal devices).

But what effect does this have on the core essence of art? How does production and mass distribution affect how the composers write melodies, how writers pen words, and how actors perform? We present you a case study. Based on 'Giga' from J.S. Bach's Partita for Violin No. 3, we strip away the production, the costumes, the make-up, and the lighting, to present you what is really behind a hit pop song in the 21st century.

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With many thanks to the artists:

Violin: Madalyn Parnas

Madalyn and her sister Cicely Parnas are performing as guest soloists with El Paso Symphony, as well as a series of solo and chamber recitals, at the El Paso Pro-Musica Chamber Music Festival from 24th January 2013.

Actor: Takeshi Takematsu

Takeshi, a London-based Japanese contemporary dancer, will be on tour with Hagit Yakira in summer 2013. For more information please see

For Takeshi's biography, please visit

Concept and Editing: Belle Chen

© 2012 Madalyn Parnas, Takeshi Matsumoto, Belle Chen

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