Soundscape Instrument

  1. This is a view of Golden Gate Bridge looking out from the Marin Headlands towards San Francisco. The melody is given by the main support cables and the feet of the bridge followed by the land line in the foreground and background.

    The Soundscape Instrument is an object that translates painted landscapes into sound. The ‘scores’ are detailed gouaches on paper of actual places, which subsequently are perforated following unique features of the landscape. Once perforated, the painting is played via the music box.

    To see more works in this series go here: Soundscape Instrument

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  2. This was made during a residency at CAD Factory in New South Wales in 2016. The prominent feature of the Australian landscape is the vast expansion of bright blue skies, which in this case becomes the source of the melody. The perforations follow the play of the clouds in the sky while the land scores silent and a lifeline.

    The Soundscape Instrument is an object that translates painted landscapes into sound. The ‘scores’ are detailed gouaches on paper of actual places, which subsequently are perforated following unique features of the landscape. Once perforated, the painting is played via the music box.

    To see more works in this series go here: Soundscape Instrument

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  3. View of Isola di San Michele from Cannaregio on a foggy morning in Venice. The melody is given by the light posts guiding the vaporetto, the wooden beams sticking apparently randomly out of water, and it the background, the water line and high points of the island.

    The Soundscape Instrument is an object that translates painted landscapes into sound. The ‘scores’ are detailed gouaches on paper of actual places, which subsequently are perforated following unique features of the landscape. Once perforated, the painting is played via the music box.

    To see more works in this series go here: Soundscape Instrument

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  4. The grain fields of western Finland, on a later summer day before the storm, were the first inspiration for this series. The perforations follow the line of colors in the fields, the island of trees, and the pattern of the geese flying above.

    The Soundscape Instrument is an object that translates painted landscapes into sound. The ‘scores’ are detailed gouaches on paper of actual places, which subsequently are perforated following unique features of the landscape. Once perforated, the painting is played via the music box.

    To see more works in this series go here: Soundscape Instrument

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  5. At the Western edge of Finland, the Kvarken archipelago takes on a lacy pattern that changes every year. This is one of the few places in the world where the land still raises after the wight of the glaciers forced the Earth crust to sink during ice age. The perforations trace the 'jazzy' patterns that form at the point where water meets land.

    The Soundscape Instrument is an object that translates painted landscapes into sound. The ‘scores’ are detailed gouaches on paper of actual places, which subsequently are perforated following unique features of the landscape. Once perforated, the painting is played via the music box.

    To see more works in this series go here:
    Soundscape Instrument

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Soundscape Instrument

Barbara Bartos

The Soundscape Instrument is an object that translates painted landscapes into sound. The ‘scores’ are detailed gouaches on paper of actual landscapes, which subsequently are perforated following unique features of the landscape, (i.e. the horizon line,…


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The Soundscape Instrument is an object that translates painted landscapes into sound. The ‘scores’ are detailed gouaches on paper of actual landscapes, which subsequently are perforated following unique features of the landscape, (i.e. the horizon line, the lines of the trees, the pattern of the birds flying, etc.). Once perforated the painting is played via the music box.

The process of creating each painting/score goes from the visual to the audible, thus the resulting sound is not composed in the traditional sense, but generated by the image via a translation process in order to make it legible by the mechanism. The instrument can produce 30 chromatic notes, but the resulting melody is not tonal, as it is not guided by any music theory concepts.

Each painting contains in itself 4 different melodies, as each strip of paper can be played (passed through the instrument) in 4 different ways - forwards, backwards, forward flipped and backwards flipped. At this time, the project consists of 7 different landscapes-scores. This series is a work in progress, evolving with every new place that I experience, thus becoming a polyphonic illustration of all the spaces I inhabited.

I look at this as a translation project, one that reveals an unexpected synchronicity not only between visual and audible perception, but also between nature and culture.

http://www.barbarabartos.com

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