John Aslanidis' fifth solo exhibition presenting 'Sonic Network no. 14' the latest in the series and the largest work Aslanidis has made to date. Sonic Network no. 14 was shown at Gallery 9 in July 2015 alongside a new generative sound piece by Berlin-based sound artist Brian May.
In the sonic network paintings John Aslanidis uses a set of mathematical intervals, which are relative to a grid on each of the eight canvases that the work is constructed from. The drawing he derives these intervals from is akin to a "musical score", which Aslanidis has used in composing the sonic network series.
It is from these compositional points that Brian May has written an algorithm which determines the characteristics and timing of the tones in relation to the points as conceived in the sound piece. The (sine wave) tones created are audio representations of circular forms.
Brian May's sound piece uses the programming language SuperCollider for sound synthesis to compose, produce and play the piece, which is playing in conjunction with the painting from a computer through a custom installed sound system for the duration of the exhibition.
The sound piece is generative and infinite, with no fixed start or end point in the composition. This correlates with the idea of infinity, a basic element of the sonic network series.
Consequently, the interaction between the sound piece, the painting and the observer is always different, as the painting perpetually shifts upon being viewed, which is mirrored by the sound piece.
The intention of the sound is to create an equivalent of the reverberating patterns and geometric shapes, resembling the patterns in the painting. In addition to this the composer has taken into consideration the structure and composition of the painting and responds to the moiré patterns -- represented via audio interference of the sine waves - known as beat frequencies, in the sound piece. Using SuperCollider, Brian May creates sounds which correspond to colours emanating from the painting.
Order and chaos is present in both the sound piece and the painting, the resulting effect being one of synergy between analogue and digital mediums.
Aslanidis has collaborated with Brian May in recent years on a number of exhibitions: Sonic Network no. 8 at Melbourne arts centre The Substation (Nov, 2012), Sonic Network no. 9 at dr Julius–ap in Berlin (Oct 2011), at White Box in New York City (Mar 2012) and also at Kunsthalle Beacon (NY, USA).