Commission: Arts Centre Melbourne Sight and Sound Exhibition
“Sight and Sound”
Composition and Score Commission | Sound Installation
Curated by Dr. Steven Tonkin
The Arts Centre
“Visual Sound Map” – The Musical Score
In direct response to the visual artwork [Sonic Network No.2] by John Aslanidis.
The Composition – Sonata for Sonic Network No.2
“Sonata for Sonic Network No. 2”
“Sonata for Sonic Network No. 2” is a musical composition created in response to John Aslanidis’ visual artwork.
The term “sonata” derives from Latin and means “to sound”, or a piece of music which is played, contrasted with a “cantata”, music which is sung. I use the term sonata with brevity, without particular reference to theoretical discussions about compositional form. Rather, “Sonata for Sonic Network No.2” is a work intended for a musical instrument, the violoncello.
At the time of inception, my approach to musical composition is ethereal and essentially non-cognitive: notes sound in my body before I contemplate writing a score or manuscript. Performance of the composition is free: there is space for the music to assume a character of its own.
The manuscript exhibited is a visual sound map of my sonic imagination of Aslanidis’ artwork.
Composed and produced by Benjamin Skepper in Tokyo, 2010
2010 Benjamin Skepper
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