Visual Music Resources
Useful links to organisations, books, articles, essays and resources useful for the study of visual music. Please contact the blog author if you have any suggestions for this page, any suggestions are appreciated.
Center for Visual Music (CVM)
|Center for Visual Music Website|
The major organisation for the promotion, preservation and support of visual music as both a contemporary art practice and its historical origins is the Center for Visual Music (CVM), based in Los Angeles, California, US.
"The Center for Visual Music is a nonprofit film archive dedicated to visual music, experimental animation and abstract media.Visit the Center for Visual Music (CVM) website for extensive libraries, and archives in relation to the field.
CVM is commited to preservation, curation, education, scholarship, and dissemination of the film, performances and other media of this tradition, together with related historical documentation and artwork."
Visual music archive on PatreonA recent development in the access to the archives of the Center for Visual Music, is the availability of some of their archive through Patreon. There are various membership options, from fan to researcher.
For more information visit: https://www.patreon.com/CenterforVisualMusic
The director of CVM, Cindy Keefer works extensively to preserve historical films, disseminate major works and oversees an extensive library and archive in the field. Keefer also curates contemporary visual music and has an extensive list of research publications in the field.
|Rhythmic Light website - Visual Music Timeline Page|
"I established Rhythmic Light as a location for collecting together research on visual music. My goals at that time were to support the development of Imager—a program for playing with abstract visuals in the ways that musicians play with abstract sounds—and to collect together and organize as much related information as I was able about others who shared in similar interests." [source: http://rhythmiclight.com/about/]
Instrument designer and researcherAs Collopy is also an instrument designer and his software imager is one of the most significant contributions to visual music in late twentieth century and early twenty first century, this provides him with an approach and understanding that makes for insightful aspects of the visual that he focuses on in his collection. In the correspondences section of his website, he has brought together both useful categories of possible correspondences to be explored between visuals and music and under which he then presents relevant research and historical examples related to the particular correspondences he highlights.
Visual music timelineCollopy has built an interactive timeline of the history that is of relevance to visual music right up to the present day. A great resource for those interested in getting to know a visual music history.
Website archive 1998-2018 of RhythmicLight site:
F. Collopy and R. M. Fuhrer, “A Visual Programming Language for Expressing Visual Rhythms,” Journal of Visual Programming Languages, 12 (2001), 283-297.
F. Collopy, “Color Form and Motion: Dimensions of a Musical Art of Light,” Leonardo, 33 (2000), 355-360.
F. Collopy, R. M. Fuhrer and D. Jameson, “Visual Music in a Visual Programming Language,” IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages, (1999), 111-118.
Visual Music Archive
|The visual music archive website [link]|
The founder and executive director of the Visual Music Archive website, Prof. Dr. Heilke Sperling has been gathering an online collection of works, artists, and research for many years. It has a rich interface to showcase the content and a very rich content. This is a place to spend some time and a great place to come across new work.
Visual Music Marathon - 2007/2009
|Visual Music Marathon - Website Home Page Frame|
Link to archive page on the exhibition at ACM Siggraph:
Dennis H. Miller: 2007 Visual Music Marathon
The visual music marathon event was then repeated in 2009 in the School of Visual Arts, in the Visual Arts Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street, New York City. It consisted of largely the same screening program as was held in Boston in April 2007, but with some variations.
Miller announced the festival in the programme catalogue that accompanied both events.
From the Artistic DirectorWelcome to the 2009 screening of the Visual Music Marathon! The Marathon received over 300 works from 34 countries for its open call, and we are excited to be able to present the very best of those today. We are also screening works chosen by our two principal guest curators, Bruce Wands of the School of Visual Arts and New York Digital Salon, and Larry Cuba of the iotaCenter, plus several historic works on 16mm film. These will be complemented by other pieces from a number of invited guest artists and by live video performances by Chiaki Watanabe with David Galbraith and Marjan Moghaddam with Adam Caine.
The works on the Marathon represent a vast range of approaches to “visual music,” from pieces in which the images and music are directly tied by the sharing of parameters, to those in which the images “interpret” the music (or vice versa), to works where the visuals are edited in tight synchrony with cues in the music. [source: Visual Music Marathon Programme Booklet (Wayback Machine)]
|Front cover of the Visual Music Marathon Booklet|
Link to visual music essay (without illustrations) (Wayback Machine)
A particularly wonderful opening speech was given by Cecille Starr (1921-2014) at the New York event. One thing that stayed with me from her speech was her mentioning that Hans Richter and his contemporaries had no real name for what they were doing, they just wanted to experiment with film. I think this is still the case in the spirt of arts practices that can be described as a visual music. It is that spirit of experimentation and exploration of the mediums one has to work with in one's own time. One of the filmmakers whose work was in the festival, Stephanie Maxwell, was actually staying with Cecille for the duration of the festival, Stephanie's work is quite wonderful. Alas, the website that documented the event is no longer available. There are versions of the website on the Internet Archive Way Back When website of which one of the snapshots are linked below.
Archive of website:
Archive of Visual Music Marathon Schedule:
Other Useful Visual Music Resources
I am in the process of updating the rest of the section of this page. It has not been updated for a few years (13/4/2020). Some of the links are broken at present.
- Fred Callopy's Rhythmic Light [US]
- IotaCenter [US]
- Seeing Sound Symposium [UK])
- Visual Music Village
- Colour and Sound
- Pixelsumo by Chris O'Shea [UK] Chris O' Shea
- Interactive Audio for web by Jim Andrews [CA]
- Digicult, New Media Art..[Italy]
- Cimatics, International Festival and Platform for Live Audiovisual Art & VJing[Brussels]
- Heike Sperling: Visual Music [Germany]
- Visual Music Archive [Germany]
- synesthesia artforum
- Harry Smith Archives
- Música Visual [Spain]
- Jim Andrews - Vispo
- Alba G. Corral [Spain] Generative and Live Performance
- accentfeed - multisensorial inspirations for the vj.video performer
- Art from code - Generator.x
- Code & form: Computational Aesthetics
- Create Digital Motion
- Experimental Music and Video Resource
- Experimental Cinema
- Expanded Cinema Blog
- Generator.x: Software and generative strategies in art and design
- I wanna VJ
- Iduun [Scandinavia]
- Information Aesthetics
- LeCollagiste VJ
- LUX - artists moving image [UK]
- Musica Visual
- netEX [Germany]
- Netlex News
- Networked Music Blog
- Networked Performance
- New Media and Interactivity
- Rainer kohlberger's blog "bleed" [Germany]
- salon bruit [Berlin,Germany]
- Sound Lab
- Space Junk - Blog by Maria Miranda
- Teratone - Visionary Artwork Collective
- Tone Wheels
- Video Circuits (UK)
- Visionary Film
- VJ Theory
- VJ labor
- VJ Ted Brickman [France]
- We Make Money not Art
news system about aurality, sound art, audiovisual culture and new media
- SEED - seeking dialogue between art and science
- Continuo’s weblog
- Los Angeles Filmforum
- Stan Brakhage
- Rethinking Interdisciplinarity
- Art and Cognition
- Media Art History
- Media Art History Bibliography
- New Media Calls for Works
Blogs websites by author of visual music blog
- Visual Music
- Media art - intermedia, interactive, experimental, multimedia
- Video Clips - Music, Media, Film, Video
- Visual Music Lecture Notes
- Colour and Sound - Visual Music - 2002
Some useful links to research being carried out in the visual music and audio visual art/ media fields. Please contact Maura if you have links to your research that could be linked to here for those interested in visual music research. Email: email@example.com
Posts with tag Article in this Visual Music Blog
VISUAL MUSIC HISTORY
Posts with tag Visual Music History
Audiovisuology: See this Sound (2010) - publisher link
See This Sound: Promises of Sound and Vision (2009) - Amazon Link
Audio.Visual - On Visual Music and Related Media (2009) - publisher link
Media Art Histories (2007) - http://www.mediaarthistory.org/pub/mediaarthistories.html
Visual Music (2005) - Amazon link
Computer Music Journal: Visual Music (2005) - http://www.mitpressjournals.org/toc/comj/29/4
Optical Poetry (2004) - http://www.film-history.com/oskar.htm
Sonic Graphics (2002) - http://www.thamesandhudson.com/9780500282601.html
Audio-vision: Sound on Screen (1994) - http://cup.columbia.edu/book/978-0-231-07898-6/audiovision
The Film Work of Norman McLaren - publisher link
Just starting this list, it is by no means exhaustive and I will be adding to this asap
If you have any suggestions please do get in contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Alba G. Corral
Aaron F. Ross
Dennis H. Miller
Kurt Laurenz Theinert
Oerd van Cuikjlenborg
Paul O' Donoghue
Groups, Collectives and Collaborative teamsEXYZT http://www.exyzt.org/
Pixel 3 http://www.gratin.org/as/
Analema Group https://analemagroup.wordpress.com/
Curators, Archives, Organisations, Advocacy and Preservation
Center for Visual Music (CVM) http://www.centerforvisualmusic.org/
Historical Filmmakers and InventorsWalther Ruttmann
Mary Ellen Bute
Punto Y Rya Festival – The Festival of the Dot and the Line2011 http://www.puntoyrayafestival.com/m_mrs11_eng.php
Camp International Festival for Visual Music