Publication Audio.Visual

Audio.Visual – On Visual Music and Related Media

The publication Audio.Visual was awarded »most beautiful german books 2009« by Stiftung Buchkunst
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Audio.Visual is nominated for the Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany 2011.
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Cornelia Lund and Holger Lund (Eds.)
Audio.Visual - On Visual Music and Related Media
320 pages, many images, format 17,5 x 25 cm. Hardcover, with DVD.
All texts in English and German.
€ 39,80 (D) / SFr 71 (CH) / $ 70 (US) / £ 35 (GB)
ISBN 978-3-89790-293-0
Available: March 2009
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As a publication, Audio.Visual is divided into two sections: the first deals with the academic discussion on the subject of visual music; the second introduces contemporary paradigms of audio-visual praxis in brief presentations and contextualises them. Apart from being a guide in the historical sense, this new volume provides theoretical approaches to understanding and making visual music. The subject is approached from the fringe (music video, Expanded Cinema, games, etc.) so that the phenomenon can, on the one hand, be more accurately defined via interfaces with other forms of audio-visual production and, on the other, through an attempt at distinguishing it from them. Drawing heavily on examples, the individual essays discuss various aspects of visual music.
Contemporary approaches to producing and handling visual music are presented in brief essays that abound with examples. The texts and illustrations are intended to introduce visual music from a great many angles, including the perspectives of musicians, artists, curators, festival directors and software developers, and provide insights into what is currently going on both in the experimental sector and at clubs.
The approaches and results presented in the book can be verified and checked with the accompanying DVD that features earlier and current examples of visual music. The DVD shows mainly material from live performances that is often extremely hard to find, be it from Expanded Cinema or performances by VJs and musicians. Visual music and the interplay of cutting-edge media. An exciting book on what is going on right now in the new media: from the experimental sector to the club scene.
 


 

Audio•Visual
On Visual Music and Related Media

Contents

Editorial
Cornelia Lund, Holger Lund

Academic Research

Sandra Naumann
Seeing Sound: The Short Films of Mary Ellen Bute

Hervé Vanel
Visual Muzak and the Regulation of the Senses.
Notes on Nicolas Schöffer

Maxa Zoller
Sound in Expanded Cinema: Malcolm Le Grice’s Berlin Horse

Matthias Weiß
Images of Performances—Images as Performances
On the (In-)Differentiability of Music Video and Visual Music

Henry Keazor
“… if you could see it, then you’d understand?”
Visual Music in Mark Romanek/Coldplay, Speed of Sound

Axel Stockburger
An Audience of One.
Sound Games as a Specific Form of Visual Music

Graphic Art by Stapelberg & Fritz

Essays

On Visual Music

Fried Dähn
Visual Music—Forms and Possibilities

Paul Mumford
Visual Music

Laurent Carlier
VJing between Image and Sound

Cornelia Lund
Button-Pushing, Egg-Frying, and Other Performative Acts

Holger Lund
Visual Music in the Context of Multimedia Parties

On Audiovisual Production

Bruce McClure
A Vanishing Point and Sound Projection

Vincent Alaphilippe, François Pirault
Boulez Republic Grand Ensemble

Codec aka Niklas Völker
The Evolution of the Court Jester

Yves Schmid Dornbierer
From Video Games to Audiovisual Instruments

Birgit Schneider
Mikomikona: Sound/Image Performances with Two Overhead Projectors

On Individual Works

Jan Kopp
An Auditory Conduit to the Eye
Sven-Ingo Koch’s Music for Walter Ruttmann’s Opus IV

Viola Fissek, Philipp Geist
The Visualization of Noise
Angel Audio/Video RMX (2002) by Philipp Geist

Deutschsprachiger Anhang

Editorial

Cornelia Lund, Holger Lund

Wissenschaftliche Texte

Sandra Naumann
Seeing Sound: Die Kurzfilme von Mary Ellen Bute

Hervé Vanel
Visual Muzak und die Steuerung der Sinne.
Notizen zu Nicolas Schöffer

Maxa Zoller
Sound im Expanded Cinema: Malcolm Le Grices Berlin Horse

Matthias Weiß
Bilder von Performance – Bilder als Performance
Zur (Un-)Unterscheidbarkeit von Musikvideos und Visual Music

Henry Keazor
„…if you could see it, then you’d understand.“
Visual Music in Mark Romaneks Coldplay-Video Speed of Sound

Axel Stockburger
Ein Publikum der Einzelnen.
Sound Games als spezifische Form von Visual Music

Essays

Zu Visual Music

Fried Dähn
Visual Music – Formen und Möglichkeiten

Paul Mumford
Visual Music

Laurent Carlier
VJing zwischen Bild und Ton

Cornelia Lund
Tasten drücken, Eier braten und andere performative Aktivitäten

Holger Lund
Visual Music im Kontext multimedialer Partys   

Zu audiovisuellen Produktionen

Bruce McClure
Fluchtpunkt und Klangprojektion

Vincent Alaphilippe, François Pirault
Boulez Republic Grand Ensemble

Codec aka Niklas Völker
Die Evolution des Hofnarren

Yves Schmid Dornbierer
Vom Computerspiel zum audiovisuellen Instrument

Birgit Schneider
Mikomikona: Ton-Bild-Performances mit zwei Overheadprojektoren

Zu einzelnen Werken

Jan Kopp
Gehörgang ins Auge
Sven-Ingo Kochs Musik zu Walter Ruttmanns Opus IV

Viola Fissek, Philipp Geist
Visuelle Umsetzung von Noise
Angel Audio/Video RMX (2002) von Philipp Geist
 

DVD
Contents / Inhalt

Walter Ruttmann, Opus IV, 1925/2007

Mary Ellen Bute, Rhythm in Light, 1934–35

Mary Ellen Bute, Tarantella, 1940/1950

Malcolm Le Grice, Berlin Horse (excerpt), 1968

Philipp Geist, Angel Audio/Video RMX, 2002

Boulez Republic Grand Ensemble, Oncle Barry Says, 2005

Fried Dähn, Score, 2006

Anja Füsti, Alexandra Mahnke, Alexandar Nesic, Trigger-Drums & Dance (Live-recording at Exploring Party, Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, June 16, 2007)

Paul Mumford, Autometa [9], 2007

Mikomikona, Fourier-Tanzformation I + II, (Live-recording at Shift Electronic Arts Festival, Basel, October 27, 2007)

Pfadfinderei & Modeselektor, 2. Halbzeit, 2008

Bruce McClure, Five Minutes More—What Now My Love 1966, 2008

Online reviews:

www.vjtheory.net/review-audio-visual.htm

www.artnet.de/magazine/books/scheller/scheller10-15-09.asp

www.jitter-magazin.de/jitter-audiovisual.html

Video example:

www.videogeist.de/angel_rmx_clip.html

The Publication Audio.Visual – On Visual Music and Related Media one of „The Most Beautiful German Books“

Each year, the book art foundation Stiftung Buchkunst selects „The Most Beautiful German Books“ from among newly published hardbacks. The selection process employs strict criteria applied to a diverse range of elements, including how well the bookmaking concept represents the book contents, the typography, the graphics, typesetting, printing, paper, and binding. In 2009, 1035 books were judged by the Stiftung Buchkunst: 47 award-winning books and 17 recommended volumes.

Publication supported by:
Landesstiftung Baden-Württemberg, Stiftung Kunstfonds, MFG Filmförderung Baden-Württemberg, Kulturamt Stuttgart