Art from code - Generator.x
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This video shows Berlin-based Frank Bretschneider performing live on the Generator.x concert tour, with excerpts from Trondheim, Oslo and Fredrikstad. Bretschneider creates his own visuals using a highly reduced vocabulary of shapes and colors to create a precise visual representation of his music. More information about his work can be found in his profile.

Video: Frank Bretschneider live on the Generator.x concert tour. (~ 5.5 MB)

4 Responses to “Video: GX Tour – Frank Bretschneider”
1. TT, April 25th, 2006 at 01:04

I saw a while ago a concert of Carsten Nicolai at the Barbican, and seeing this video reminded me of it. I haven’t seen Frank Bretschneider’s concert but it seems to me, by looking at the above video, that it his visuals are having the same problem as the oens by Carsten Nicolai. I think the synchronisation of the music to sound is way to literal and fails in saying anything new about what I hear. It actually de-values the music to me, as you are forced to look at the screen and the screen almost tells you what you should hear. I remember enjoying Carsten Nicolai’s concert a lot more with my eyes closed. Sound can be in many ways a lot more powerful than visual information.

2. watz, April 25th, 2006 at 18:04

Interesting perspective, I see your point but ultimately I have to disagree.

In concert, the work of both Bretschneider and Nicolai involves creating a new space for the exploration and appreciation of certain structures. The visuals are an important part of that space, reinforcing the logic of the piece. For instance, the visuals sometimes accentuate certain micro-structures that are little more than blips in the sound.

So while it is in a way true that the screen “tells you what you should hear”, I think that is exactly the intention. To have an expressive video disconnected from the sound would be missing the point. Of course, as you suggest, the alternative would simply be to have no visuals. I would certainly agree that visuals can be a distraction, and that poor visuals will always make music sound less interesting.

PS: I like your Satellite Films, a great use of Google Maps and a fitting acknowledgement of the fetishistic side to mapping applications. This poster is nice too.

3. serial consign, September 27th, 2007 at 23:09

raster-noton does toronto…

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