Following the formal rules of dodecaphony, for the audio-visual performance and installation "Zwölftonform" twelve sequences originate exclusively from twelve consecutive frequencies.

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Zwölftonform
Audio-visual performance / installation

The basic structure for each of the twelve sequences is made by up to twelve different sound samples from a simple sine waveform. The first sequence contains all tones from a 75Hz sine wave, whereas different sonic timbres and pitches arise through sample editing and collaging. The second sequence is built by adding up the first frequency (75Hz and 150Hz) and the third sequence consequently consists of the frequencies 75Hz, 150Hz and 225Hz. This convention continues for the remaining sequences by the same pattern, whereas the start frequency is fixed arbitrarily and only follows the law of successive addition.

For the visual translation and for presentation as a live performance and audio-visual installation, the sinusoidal waveform is abstracted and transferred along the formal concept. Following parameterized principles, twelve visual embodiments of the basic shapes arise. The increasing complexity gets visible and the prevailing simplicity at the beginning almost inverted by the end. This evolving aesthetic is punctuated with a dynamic grid, that divides the base with the value of the current sequence number. Built on this basis, these audio-visual arrangements reference and illustrate especially over time the complexity and increasing compression of the original shape.

Zwölftonform as an immersive installation (Photos by Ciprian Ciuclea)
Zwölftonform as an immersive installation (Photos by Ciprian Ciuclea)
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Zwölftonform as an audio-visual performance (Photos and video by Christian Werner)
Zwölftonform as an audio-visual performance (Photos and video by Christian Werner)
Visuals from the sixth and the twelfth sequence as A0 print
Visuals from the sixth and the twelfth sequence as A0 print
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Credits
Production — KASUGA
Co-Production — WASP Studios Bucharest

Published
February 2016

Performances / Exhibitions
2016 — SCOPE Presents, Berlin, Germany
2016 — Experimental Project, Bucharest, Romania
2016 — Spektrum, Berlin, Germany
2016 — SuperDeluxe, Tokyo, Japan