The motivations for this piece stems from my interest in traditional music and the question of its relationship or comparison to contemporary algorithmic audiovisual arts. How different are these arts, both in terms of the creation process and in terms of aesthetics? Where can common principles be discovered and where do discrepancies arise in the ways of creation and conception, which to require a re-definition? Starting from this, I looked to the traditional music of Turkey, because its theory partly shows traces of algorithmic characteristics in describing the creation rules of both, melody and rythym. The current thesis examines this questions in a practical way, creating an audiovisual artwork. The project is called Kafes (Cage), because it is based on the concept that expresses the topic in this thesis, namely the theoretical model that serves as a restrictive structural framework, similar to a cage. The idea of the cage is expressed visually by a character (actor), who is trapped inside a box that symbolizes the cage. Sound, also imprisoned in the theoretical structures of the traditional musical language. Visuals are organized in flat and limited space and are projected on a screen. Techniques used are pixilation for the visuals ( stop-motion animation with photographs of an actor) and for sound physical modeling, algorithmic composition and sound effects.



Omer Chatziserif

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