Overture for Everything

Music • Animation

An Audio-visual Love Letter to the Universe.
This was my final submission at the University of Wolverhampton during my postgraduate studies.

If […] Michelangelo had been commissioned to paint a ceiling for a giant Museum of Science, mightn’t he have produced something at least as inspirational as the Sistine Chapel? (Dawkins, The God Delusion)



Project Proposal:

Currently, we might experience a second great time of enlightenment. Just as back in the days of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, David Hume or Immanuel Kant, people – particularly young people – strive for knowledge and freedom, questioning (if not trying to loosen themselves from) dogmas and traditions earlier generations had been preserving for decades. In his book Astrophysics for People in a Hurry (p. 11) Neil deGrasse Tyson points out that modern pop-culture shows a growing record of (actually scientifically accurate) Sci-Fi movies (Interstellar, The Martian etc.) due to an increasing interest of the masses for such kind of stories.

Black Hole
Visualisation of a Black Hole rendered in Blender 2.7 using a template.

“Evolutionary Humanism” — Mankind understanding themselves as naturally formed over millions of years among other species we need to consider as equal. This moral worldview is becoming rather popular (please note that in this case “popularity” does not result from personal taste or trends but people beginning to understand scientific correlations) in my generation. It leads to a certain attitude of morality, often including veganism (even with small steps), pacifism or trying to treat the environment with respect.
As most of my personal research during postgraduate studies was based on scientific topics, I wanted to continue this path with my final MA Submission, creating Art for Science:

Its enormous wealth had made the Church the dominant patron of the arts. If history had worked out differently, and Michelangelo had been commissioned to paint a ceiling for a giant Museum of Science, mightn’t he have produced something at least as inspirational as the Sistine Chapel?
How sad that we shall never hear Beethoven’s Mesozoic Symphony, or Mozart’s opera The Expanding Universe. And what a shame that we are deprived of Haydn’s Evolution Oratorio – but that does not stop us from enjoying his Creation.
(The God Delusion, Dawkins, p. 111).



Early Experiments:

The German animation artist Oskar Fischinger created An Optical Poem in 1937. This was the first attempt to create something like a manual acoustic visualisation. I started to find new ways to visualize piano rolls by recording pieces which I then can manipulate as a MIDI sequence.