IN A LANDSCAPE

 Malaspina. Vancouver, Canada

Using John Cage's composition "In a Landscape" as a starting point, the project investigates the transportation of the viewer into the musical text. The relationship between the act of listening and the act of viewing is considered when the music begins to intrude on the visual world.

 

In a Landscape is a research project around the figure of John Cage and the origin of sound-based Conceptual Art in the New York School. Where a score takes more importance as a visual work than as a conventional musical notation.

 

In a Landscape illustrates the space where music collides with the visual world, evoking the state of being in two worlds at once, creating an artificial synesthesia.This project investigates how to encourage a visual awareness of an auditory experience. This project creates a sort of abstract sculpture that will enable people to understand John Cage’s piece in a visual way.

 

In its first stage, two parameters of the sound have been analyzed: pitch and time. These parameters have been entered onto a mechanical piano roll score.The visual result is a continuous roll of paper, monochromatic with holes of different length that represent the musical notes. 

The result is a three-dimensional cartography piece, which is the support for building the sculpture of folded paper.

 

In a Landscape by John Cage was written for the dancer Louise Lippold in 1948. It premiered in Black Mountain, North Carolina on August 20, 1948. The length is 8 minutes and the piece may be played on the harp or piano. The piece is similar to Cage’s “Dream.” The structure of the piece follows the rhythmic patterns of the choreographed dance for which it was composed.

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