XV (2021)

Media archaeology-based Visual Music

Published 2021-12-23


  • visual music,
  • media archaeology,
  • laser,
  • hacking,
  • analog

How to Cite

Novello, A. (2021). Media archaeology-based Visual Music. Musica/Tecnologia, 15, 7–30. https://doi.org/10.36253/music_tec-13300


This article describes the intersection of Media Archaeology and Visual Music in my artistic practice that repurposes obsolete devices to investigate new connections between light and sound. I revive and hack tools from our analogue past: oscilloscopes, early game consoles, and lasers. I am attracted to their aesthetic difference from the ubiquitous digital projections: fluid beam movement, vibrant light, infinite resolution, absence of frame rate, and line-based image. The premise behind all my work is the synthesis of both image and sound from the same signal. This strong connection envelopes the audience in synchronous audiovisual information that reveals underlying geometric properties of sound. In this text I describe the practice and the aesthetic potentials connected to few analog and digital hybridized systems to generate new sonic and visual experiences.


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