Soundscape Instrument

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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.

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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.

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