Van Gogh Variations: Compositions for small Motors and Robots
82 pages, 20,5 cm x 25,5 cm, 500g, 2014
Music notations were written by robots on pentagram paper
Conceptual composition about the seven sunflowers paintings from Vincent Van Gogh and fragments of his life.
Most of the music notations were written by robots on pentagram paper.
The Partiture Book has 82 pages, 20,5 cm x 25,5 cm in size and 500g weight.
The composition is divided in 8 parts:
01. Das Gelb in der Ferne. Larghissimo
(The yellow in the distance)
02. Ich sehe Zeichnungen. Andante
(I see drawings)
03. Charles Bargue and Jean-Léon Gérôme Duett. Appassionato
(Charles Bargue und Jean-Léon Gérôme Duet)
04. Arie der Besucher. Agitato
(Aria of the visitor)
05. Vincent Monolog. Pesante
06. Abschied von Arles. Lacrimoso
(Farewell to Arles)
07. Todesmotiv. Lento
08. Finalterzett. Trionfante
Software: Photoshop, Audacity, Supercollider and Virtual Synthesizer ANS
Hardware: small motors and domestic DIY robots
The idea of this project was to translate the Van Gogh´ sunflowers paintings to music notations.
I am interested in a dialoque between the methods of music with the methods of drawings using
a wide range of tools like building domestic robots with attached pencils, or digital tablets,
or transforming -through algorithms- images files into sound files.
To develop the notations I have attached 6 pencils to vibrator-robots and painted with digital
brushes in Photoshop on the staffs.
The images from the seven sunflowers were algorithmic transformed into sound files- and then –
transformed back into images files in order to produce errors.
The glitches (errors) were used as backgrounds of the partiture sheets.
The final partiture was scanned by a virtual synthesizer ANS or sonogram software that translates
images to sounds.
A book partiture emerged alongside the paintings and the key moments in the life of Vincent:
1. His perception of the yellow colour
2. Drawings that structured his paintings´ vision
3. His “learn to draw” book from Charles Bargue, etc
4. The visit of Paul Gauguin that motivated the production of the sunflowers paintings in his guest room.
5. The description of his inner life
6. “The thing has already taken form in my mind before I start it”-He said
7. Suicide or not suicide, that is the question
8. His Heritage.