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MS 9(KEY), MS 10 (GEN), 2014,ink on paper, wood, speaker, amp various dimensions 

October 18 - November 15, 2014

Naomi Cook
The Pianola Project

Opening Saturday October 18th from 4pm to 6pm

372 Ste-Catherine West suite 221
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
H3B 1A2

Open Saturdays from 12 pm to 5 pm

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The Pianola Project

The Pianola Project is based on a player piano roll of Pete Wendling’s song “Hesitation Blues”. This was used as a template to transfer the placement of notes onto a 4 x 18 ft roll of paper. The original height of the scroll is 1 ft, which is scaled up to 4 ft on the large paper, embellishing the original in fractal-inspired way inspired by Benoit Mandelbrot’s theory of noise and disturbance. 

The structure retained from the enlargement of the original player piano roll are compositional guides for the drawing, dictated in part by “Hesitation Blues”. This lack of control over the composition has made the process of realizing the drawing more about re-vealing rather than inventing. Through the drawing I am interpreting the original player piano roll’s information in my own artistic language. 

Using the guidelines of original player piano roll manufacturing, the speed and format was interpolated. Piano rolls are governed by rules that control the pitch, tone and volume. The Buffalo Convention of December 10, 1908 established two roll formats. “Hesitation Blues” works out to a tempo of 70 signifying 7 feet of paper traveling in one minute, setting the duration of the song at 2min 18s. The movement of sound also relates to the length or the drawing: the technical description of hertz(Hz) uses Feet. The 18 ft of the drawing translates as 19.0556 Hz - a frequency that sits at the very beginning of the human ear’s capacity to hear. 

Through a process of retro-engineering the drawing was returned to sound using computer music software and a new program design specifically for this project. This computer program plays through the guidelines and mathematics of the original structure the drawing is based upon. The outcome retains a lingering shadow of the original song; peeking through the new layers of information - either barely audible or structurally dominant as an imperfect rendering mixed with new notes and information; a new composition, re-arranged in a drawing.


- Naomi Cook

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Naomi Cook is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Montreal. Cook’s technique stems from interests in engravings, sound, and visual representations of data. In 2005 she founded Red Bird Gallery and Studios in Montreal, working as director and curator until 2010. She subsequently relocated to Berlin, where she worked as assistant to Ralf Ziervogal, collaborating on several projects and proposals including an immersive architectural work. Several recent works were featured in the 2014 edition of POP Montreal.


WORKS
Pianola
Pianola
2013
ink on paper
122 x 548.5 cm. (4' x 18')






Pianola   Pianola
Form XXIV
2014
ink on paper
66 x 86.5 cm (26" x 34")
  Form XXV
2014
ink on paper
66 x 86.5 cm. (26" x 34")


Pianola  

MS 9(KEY), MS 10 (GEN)
2014
ink on paper, wood, speaker, amp
various dimensions 
 



   

Pianola  
meatus acusticus internus / acoustic_canal_22s.wav
2014
copper plate engraving
31 x 42 cm. (12.25" x 16.5")
edition of 12
 

LINKS

- Naomi Cook's website


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