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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.

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 »

martian / alien painting

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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.

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 »