"Philip Glass 20 Etudes for piano – visualized" – Maki Namekawa – Ars Electronica Linz
Maki Namekawa was the first to record a CD containing all 20 études for piano by Philip Glass and to perform them in their entirety in a single concert. A year after the CD was released, Maki Namekawa and Cori O’lan began a collaboration to create an exceptional type of performance where a special computer system allows the sounds of the piano to be used directly for generating and creating digital visualizations. Pictorial worlds developed directly out of the music and responding immediately to it are being projected on a large screen behind the piano. It is not the computer but rather the music itself that creates the visualizations in real time, and thereby live and anew at each performance.
“20 Études for Piano - Visualized” is a production of Ars Electronica. It was performed for the first time in New York in February 2017 and later at the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz in September 2017. The concert at BOZAR, the Centre of Fine Arts in Brussels, is the first performance of this project in Belgium.