Quayola Creates Audio-Visual Art to Legendary Piano Compositions

By interpreting classic works through the lens of geometric animation, Creator Quayola forged a style that simultaneously deconstructs and enhances the traits of timeless artistic works.

His newest creation adds an enthralling visual dimension to some of the most difficult compositions ever written for piano:

Any pianist worth his or her salt knows that Maurice Ravel’s compositions are not to be trifled with. The turn-of-the-century composer wrote music that demands nothing less than virtuosity from its performer. Vanessa Wagner is one such pianist with the chops to knock a Ravel piece out of the park, hitting every emotive note with the blistering speed its composer intended. Quayola worked with fellow Italian visualist Sinigaglia to create Ravel Landscapes, a generative audiovisual collaboration that translates the Wagner’s flawless execution of Ravel’s music into a stream of vivid colors and shapes (pictured at top).

With Wagner at center stage, powering through the ebbs and flows of Ravel’s “Pavane,” “Les Vales Nobles et Sentimentales,” “Gaspard de la Nuit” and “Ma Mere L’Oye,” Quayola and Sinigaglia’s specialized software enacts an array of visualizations that bring new life to the legendary music.

This new project is a throw to Quayola’s primary inspiration from Russian artist Kandinsky, whose paintings took the form of abstract musical notation. The Ravel adaptation is the latest in a series of collaborations between Quayola and Sinigaglia that visualize music in real-time. If you thought their treatments for Mira Calix were cool, wait until you see this mind-bending update on the method.

Visit Quayola.com for more behind-the-scenes videos and images of Ravel Landscapes. 

Music: Maurice Ravel

Producers: Keri Elmsly, Axelle De Calan

Technical: Benoit Simon

Sound Analysis: Adam Stark

Commissioned by Cite’ de la Musique, Paris


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