Thursday, February 3, 2011

Theorem-Album and Second Life Art

Collaborative Creativity Abounds on the Net

Musicians collaborate remotely on the world’s first soundtrack to the sciences.

New York, New York (February 2011)

         A group of musicians from various countries have connected over the Internet to create quite possibly the world’s first soundtrack for "The Sciences". Working asynchronously by exchanging music files through a website called Indaba Music, they creatively explore such ideas as spacetime, abiogenesis, special relativity, celestial mechanics and more. The recording artists have never met in person, and for some it was the first time they worked together.

         The album, "Theorem, music inspired by the sciences" was produced by composer Ulf Skogsbergh and published on iTunes late January 2011. This unique project, co-composed with Wayne Kinos, was spurred by concepts of linking music to science and math theorems with a dash computer programming ideas and a bit of philosophy tossed in for good measure. When asked what motivated Ulf to turn this creative happening into a published album he responded: "The collaboration spawned so much great music it deserved to be put in front of listeners."

         The thought provoking and vibrant work defies strict classification, but its strongest fit is the illustrative qualities and the emotive sensibilities of a soundtrack. Alternatively, one could file the work under world music, when one hears the earthy and exotic tones of instruments like bouzouki, tzouras, oud, santoor and guzheng. No stranger to world music, or soundtracks, Ulf created original music for the film "Investigating Sex" by Alan Rudolph. In that soundtrack a rich combination of world music vibes lend to the sensual, mysterious and comical scenes at hand. But the music in "Theorem" is not limited to the genres of soundtrack or world music, as there are elements of ambient, electronic, progressive, jazz, rock, avant garde, new age and even classical mixed into this collection of work.

         The digital creativity of a global community does not stop there, however. One of the recording artists invited to participate in “Theorem,” Misprint Thursday, has started to organize a group show of art based on the album “Theorem.” Misprint shares: “It is exciting to me when creativity becomes a generative process.”  The exhibit, “Visualizing Theorem” will be installed on a digital simulator sponsored by the University of Texas at San Antonio and will open in late March, 2011.  Look to the theorem site for updates and links.

         The music collaborators are: Ulf Skogsbergh, Wayne Kinos, Kevan Paul, Yeray N.S., Misprint Thursday, Kostas Trikalis, David Minnick, Dub Johnson, Jillian Star Bedrosian & Halo E. and the album can be listened to and purchased on their site or through ITunes at inspired-by/id417501967

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