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HAIL is a quartet for double bass. The five movements make up a cycle of meters, beginning with eight and subsequently losing an eighth note: seven, six, five, and ending up at four (or back at eight, depending on how you look at it). The first movement has all instruments playing arco. One bass in each subsequent movement switches to … Continue reading hail »

sphere of fifths

circle know design for sphere of fifths

check out those shadows

check out those shadows

The circle of fifths is a music theory model several hundred years old which describes the relationships between diatonic scales. It can be seen as an illustration of infinite chord progressions. Sphere of Fifths uses the idea of infinite knots to represent musical cycles, and uses pentagonal knot designs of varying complexity to bring the music theory model into 3 dimensions. When the light source is changed to different angles, shadows from the opaque parts of the glass recombine in complex shadows; the viewer of the piece gets to decide on some of its content by taking this into consideration.

The piece appears to be held together tenuously, the same way a motive in a good piece of music will hold everything together without having to overshadowing things. The wood and strings are reminiscent of orchestra instruments. The knots themselves are similarly suggestive, and not directly representative of a circle of fifths diagram.

the rough draught with a thumbs up from the artist

the rough draught with a thumbs up from the artist

This piece was donated to the KJDS‘s 2014 fundraising event, Some Enchanted Evening.

ceramic face tile with jawbone antlers

This is a ceramic tile. The antlers are jawbones from a groundhog (possibly?).

the assignment

This was my product from an assignment I gave my class, which was basically:

Make a 3″ x 6″ x 1/4″ tile with a face on it. The face must project out from the tile (as opposed to being scratched in).

LASERs for added awesome

When photographing this, I used LASER beams to light up the eyes. That’s why there are two versions of each angle. And that’s why it’s awesome.


4312 davron ln 37918

In order to help sell my old house, I whipped up a little WP site full of photos of the place. I’m not really sure exactly why, but I made a QR code drawing / painting which linked to the site. The house was sold before I completed this piece, and the code links to a domain that is now pointless to maintain. So, now the link will point to, you guessed it, right here. Until the domain expires. But, the finished piece is still pretty cool to look at. (Part of the lesson learned from this experiment is to link just to a site I plan on maintaining, like this one.)


First I drew the grid on watercolor paper. I painted the ‘black’ squares in a checkerboard pattern of blue and green. Next, I masked off squares about an eighth inch smaller than the grid cells and painted the ‘white’ squares yellow. After this, I still needed more contrast, so I drew alternating diagonal lines on top of the blue and green.

This artwork is also in my scraps collection on DA.

adam rowe dot com QR code painting

What, you didn’t think it would work…?

This gallery contains full and detail views of a QR code pointing to this site. This was one of my first successful QR code paintings. After getting the code, I used a Sharpie to draw alternating diagonal lines where the dark squares should be. The remaining light squares were painted orange with acrylic paint. This alone wasn’t high enough contrast, so I added purple tissue paper squares over the purple stripes and white paint over the orange squares.

Take a picture of the screen to see it in action. See you in a minute.

recursive antecedent quick response code experiment 2013-06-02

If it’s not obvious, this is a time lapse video of me constructing a QR code which links to a video of me constructing a QR code which links to a video of me constructing a QR code which links to a video of… you get the idea. resources To photograph, I used a Nikon D200 and … Continue reading recursive antecedent quick response code experiment 2013-06-02 »

the four laws

Remember the Four Laws. Remember the Order of the Four Laws. This is the Third Law. Never forget the Four Laws. Please note that this list does not include the apocryphal Fifth Law, which states, “There are only Four Laws.”

martian / alien painting

Normal 80s kids had Legos. My brother and I had Construx. I had the Space Series stuff that glowed in the dark, and Jerry had the purple Alien stuff. It didn’t seem odd at the time, but since he had two of these figures, he named one Alien and the other Martian. This painting serves as a monument to the days before our minds were clouded with things such as sub-classes and parent categories.

The text(?) below the portraits are from 2 different decals (and yes, I know that one is just the other upside-down) from the Battlestrike set. I like to believe one reads martian and the other alien.

The painting was done on a board covered in old Construx instructions, which peek through here and there. Other media used were ink, tempera, and watercolor.

reading the neverending story listening to passion

was not new to me circa 1998, as it was read to me several times when I was little. However, since all memory of it had been burninated away by the movie The Neverending Story (Ul de Rico notwithstanding), I felt the need to revisit this epic while listening to Peter Gabriel’s , of which … Continue reading reading the neverending story listening to passion »

how to make a rectangular tessellation using inkscape

repeated pattern example

This is a step-by-step explanation of how to create a pattern which repeats infinitely on a plane using a rectangular grid. I use Inkscape in this explanation, but the principles apply to any program (or manual creation, which is also a lot of fun). This works best with line drawings. If you’re not familiar with … Continue reading how to make a rectangular tessellation using inkscape »

2006 halloween card

2006 halloween card

2006 halloween card
For the 2006 Halloween card, we waited until Mikeal was out of town and actually rolled his house. His neighbors didn’t seem to mind that we were doing this in broad daylight. We cleaned up afterward, which I’m sure added to the shock of getting a postcard with your own house on it.

my name

my name

name logo diagram 2014-01-13Below are real life implementations of a logotype of my first name. The first version of this was created when I was in middle school, c.1990. After taking art more seriously, or at least doing more art, I have been in search of a symbol or mark which represents me. I returned to a version of the original, adding 2 shades of red (to emphasize the chromatic aspect of אָדָם). The diagram here shows the symbol on a 60° axonometric grid, which reveals some exact proportions, namely that the first 3 letters together have the same area as the last letter and that the entire area is made up of 10 equilateral triangles (shown in light blue).

legend two

legend two music legend two notes legend two is orchestrated for the following 18 instruments: recorder flute oboe bassoon clarinet horn guitar (nylon strings) harp harpsichord piano hammond organ xylophone vibraphone marimba tubular bells taiko drum (or any low, pitched drum) timpani contrabass 01-04, 08-13,15-16, 19-20 are connected, with no pause in between movements.

legend one

musical accompaniment is now written for many visual formats. most of these formats (opera, movies, video games) tell a story; the music serves as a backdrop for the story. the aim of the legend musical form (legend in the story-telling sense) is to re-invent this process: if music can be written as a supplementary element … Continue reading legend one »

the seven-sided box

album art for adam rowe's seven-sided box

seven-sided box music the seven-sided box the poem (or whatever a non-writer like me is allowed to call a bunch of words such as this) was written in 1999 in response to heavy rainfall in bright sunlight. the music was written between 1999-2002. each movements is a side of the box. the seven-sided box text … Continue reading the seven-sided box »