Robert Krawczyk

Associate Professor of Architecture
College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology
Chicago, IL USA

The Art of Music: Exploring the Visualization of Music

The relationship of data to physical form is at times very subtle and abstract. The challenge is to attempt to extract the beauty in the data itself. Music can be expressed digitally in a MIDI file format; each individual instrument each note played including its frequency, timings, and velocity. A large rich set of physical forms is possible using such simple data. This begins to explore this data in the form of drawings, laser cuts, 2D and 3D sculptural constructions. This effort will result in a body of work that covers a number of different forms and interpretative explorations and a number of different musical types; from simple children songs to jazz, rock, country and western, and classical. Each may suggest a unique interpretation based on its inherent structure and complexity. The underlying question explored is “What can music look like?”

Visualizing music explores another dimension to an already rich art form.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star CII
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star CII
20 x 20 inches
framed canvas print

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star is represented measure by measure, each note, in a concentric circular form. Each note is represented by an ellipse; size based on note length and frequency.