Visual music by Bill Alves. billalves.com
Breath of the Compassionate (2009) is named for a type of pattern in Arabic geometric abstract art in which adjacent tiles alternately expand and contract into one another. This sense of visual inhalation and exhalation is known as the “breath of the compassionate” after the teachings of Ibn al‘Arabi, who named this universal principle of creation, joining the elements of fire, air, water, and earth. The music, for just intonation gamelan instruments and electronics, was composed in tandem with the images.
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