notes on arlequi
Everything reduces to data mapping and information design. The only hard question is why we do either. I never got past a fascination with numbers, a desire to write music, a desire to make pictures.
All is number in the computer. I take numeric models and see what sounds and pictures they will make. How can I map numbers to the senses—turn numbers into a tangible experience? Then I wonder how the senses map to each other. I map the maps.
Sound to image—a visualization. Image to sound—a sonification. In mapping numbers into sensory experience, aesthetic decisions are made. What palette of colors to use? What set of pitches? How long? How big? The artist chooses. In a digital world the mapping itself is a choice. Beyond arithmetic there are no rules.
I make simple rules. You have to start somewhere. One loop (now it’s a narrative). Two minutes (don’t blink). The sound should be seen, the image audible. Other than that, make music. It’s jazz in 4D. Hear the colors, listen with your eyes.