The Goldberg Variation is based on JS Bach's works Goldberg Variations, in an interpretation of Glenn Gould (early 1955). Each note / impact / part of ornaments is played every two seconds. The dynamics are equalized, all the drama and the musical direction is removed. Remaining are Bach's harmonies, a still counting of all notes in the Goldberg Variations. I was inspired by the sound quality on the Glenn Gould album from 1955: I liked the sound. This was also a way to enhance the sound of the piano body and mechanics, to be able to hear how the mechanics and the pedals are working. I think it is a strength, in a way it enhance the image of a clock. The original work is about 30 minutes, my version is 12 hours and 25 minutes.
This is an excerpt, the 7th hour of the piece.
In 13 hour sunrise I wanted to make a work with a visual connection to the Goldberg Variation, I experimented with different lists of numbers, projected or printed on paper. In the end I decided to go with a more abstract version, a totally black surface where a number of pixels disappear (turn white) every two seconds. From left to right, top to bottom. A horizon and a room that very slowly gets brighter.
This film consists of excerpts, one minute of every hour of the piece, the original is 12 hours and 48 minutes.