They are considered avant-garde performers in the international scene: the visual concert projects of the artist duo Maki Namekawa and Cori O’Lan have already been presented in New York, Los Angeles, Brussels, Abu Dhabi, Osaka and Tokyo. On September 9, together with New York cellist and composer Rubin Kodheli, they gave an unforgettable Night Performance at Deep Space 8K on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Ars Electronica Futurelab: Morphologies
“In addition to his technical prowess, I am fascinated by the profound, musical knowledge and understanding that Cori O’Lan brings to our joint project. His immersive visual worlds provide a successful counterpoint to my piano performance.”Maki Namekawa, Pianist
In a collaborative process, Cori O’Lan’s digital visualizations are created in the moment of performance from the analog signals of the pianist’s playing. The graphic formations are derived directly from the melody. Microphones are used to pick up the sound of the piano to convert the acoustic signals into a variety of interpretable data: Frequencies, pitch, volume, dynamics. – A computer translates the signals into moving formations of graphic elements to vary them in a variety of ways. What results is an immediate connection between music and its visual interpretation. The computer serves merely as a tool, while the overwhelming formations create images from a wide spectrum of colors and shapes, created by the music itself. – The artistic conclusion? Listen and see for yourself!