metabach encapsulate (2011)
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    metabach encapsulate is an audio-visual work that utilizes a computer program to perform process-based operations onto written scores and their complementary sound recordings.

    These graphic renderings depict a serial process whereby the pixel width of each page in the score is arranged side-by-side along with the other pages in the score. These processes are determined using the same seeded, twelve-tone rows but applying the relationships spatially, using the score as a physical medium in itself..

    The subtle variations of the individual scores' parameters--alignment, margins, notehead, articulation markings, fonts--unwind to reveal iterative textures. Ultimately these renderings depict the repetitive deconstructions of the scores' notational elements, forming a visual representation of the notations as they emerge from the score.


    The audio reflects the score's lengthwise divisions. The concatenated samples call to mind a contemporary digital music culture where sound is cut, pasted, sampled, processed and discarded. The audio concatenations form a linear gradient that oversee the snippets elongated and deconstructed over time. Eventually, the snippets are granulated and synthesized to form their own emergent structures. '

    This piece was shown as part of the Cryptograph: an Exhibition for Alan Turing show at the Spencer Museum of Art. March 24 - July 22, 2012 | Gallery 318 North (x) close
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