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A High Tech Pianist for the Future?

September 28th, 2008 in Piano News by | 1 comment

In addition to his activities on the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, pianist Hugh Sung is working to explore the possibilities and creativity of modern technology in music making and performance.
He applies them, in his ”Visual Recitals,” to promoting and enhancing the wider understanding of music, and to actively engaging the listener at every level. “The Visual Recital” (www.visualrecital.com) is an attempt to help audiences understand and enjoy the syntax of music with visualizations that are scripted and controlled by the musician – a kind of live “Fantasia”, so to speak.


  • Hugh Sung says:

    Your readers might enjoy my latest experiment using the open source audio/visual programming language Pure Data/GEM – this video was taken at a special lecture demonstration i gave at Wallenstein Castle in Prague, the seat of the Czech Republic Senate:
    Pure Data receives audio signals from an acoustic microphone, and GEM processes realtime images that react to the audio input. Music is “Vernacular Dances” by Charles B. Griffin.
    Visualizing music can be particularly effective for newer contemporary works. Hope you enjoy the new video!

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