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metaWebern no. 2
  • Nolan Lem
    born 1986
    born: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
  • metaWebern no. 2, 2011
  • Where object was made: United States
  • graphic rendering, inkjet printing, digitally adapted music
  • Loan from the artist
  • Not on display
  • EL2012.003
  • Loan: Not in the Spencer's collection
Label Text

Exhibition Label:
"Cryptograph: An Exhibition for Alan Turing," Mar-2012, Stephen Goddard
The artist explains: metaWebern is a series of audio-visual compositions that utilize a computer program that performs different processed based operations onto written
scores and their complementary sound
recordings. This selection uses the music and scores of the Viennese composer, Anton Webern (1883-1945) These graphic renderings depict a nonlinear process whereby the pixel width of each page in the score is arranged
side-by-side along with the other pages in the score. Upon each iteration, the width of each score “snippet” is widened at a rate that doubles each time (2n). The subtle variations of the individual scores’ parameters - alignment, margins, notehead, articulation markings, fonts - unwind to reveal iterative textures. Ultimately these renderings depict the repetitive deconstructions of the scores’ notational elements, forming a visual representation of the notations as they emerge from the score.