• neoPhonia New Music Ensemble, Atlanta, GA 4/20/10
• "Signals of the Vitruvian Man," Belfast, UK 2/29/08
• Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival, Gainesville, FL, 4/13/07
• Graduate Recital, GSU, 2/2/07
• Georgia State University, 12/8/2006
In this work, I made careful approximations of five of Piet Mondrian's paintings on graph paper and used the dimensions of these graphs to determine rhythms and forms. The work was made almost entirely in Csound, with some extra editing and reverberation in Sound Forge. To emulate Mondrian's primary-color world, I used a limited palette of sounds: percussive hits (bass drum, tom, snare, music stand, iron rail), white noise, the buzz and pluck opcodes, and granular synthesis clouds made from the words "blue," "red," and "yellow," spoken by myself.
I made the sound for this project first, and it was several months later before I decided that an animated video would better articulate my ideas. This crude (but, to me, rather charming) video was created by painstakingly creating new image files in MS Paint and assembling everything together in Windows Movie Maker. I would not recommend that process to anyone!
This video has been extraordinarily popular, garnering over 15,000 views on YouTube. Sometimes I wish the animation was smoother, but most of the time, I feel that it gives it a nice nostalgic flavor, reflective not only of the primitive sounds I used but also of Mondrian's paintings themselves.