Floating Sound Gallery

Oleg Makarov


Infinitely Interesting Piece,
algorithmic spatial sound installation, 2015

One of the possible criteria for the subjective assessment of sound and musical material is the unpredictability in the promptness with logical change and development. This work refers to algorithmic composition – for each moment there are several options for development, the choice of which is carried out within the prescribed limits partly random, partly based on analysis of timbre and structural changes that have taken place earlier. The piece fancifully combines different materials and techniques – noises and musical instruments sampled in various ways, synthetic sounds, self-created algorithms of synthesis and interaction between synthesized and sampled sound, timbral, rhythmic and structural transformations.

Drawn sound performances.

“Drawn Sound” is both an audiovisual performance and an open composition.
It examines new values of one century old – and then-groundbreaking – technology of drawn, also known as graphical, sound. The latter, emerged nonlocally through heuristic inventions of artists and technicians acquired with film technology, in most of the times pursued a goal of creating impossible sounds, sounds that don’t belong to any of the existing categories available through live performance or sound recording. This brilliant though highly resource-intensive task later nearly died death with the rapid evolution of synthesisers that delivered the promise of sound variety with less blood and sweat.
Patrick K.-H. and Oleg Makarov recreate this old-school yet ever-green approach – converting sound to image (that is graphical spectrum of sound), and back, image (sound spectrum) to sound – by nowdays’ means: Max/MSP/Jitter, cameras / lenses, video projection, spatialized sound. In their “Drawn Sound”, sonorities, sequences, phrases come to life through placement of a paint brush, which act somewhat like filters, extracting sounds from the solid colour of underlying white noise. The classical idea of drawn sound techniques happens to reveal much about possible contemporary approaches to music composition and its relation to unconventional instruments and performance.