Between Thought and Sound: Graphic Notation in Contemporary Music


Photo: Eileen Costa.


This exhibition offered a survey of experimental scores by 30 composers who have influence the history of contemporary music, by rejecting the traditional notation in favor of an invented visual system that utilizes graphic and pictorial elements. Each work has a performative quality, but it can also be appreciated for its sole visual character. The intersection between drawing and sound originates a variety of open-ended interpretations; the performer is freed from the strict control of the composer thanks to the multiple possibilities for translation. The musical notations take the form of abstract drawings, digital compositions, gestural symbols, and codes of numbers, letters, and colors. Between Thought and Sounds was curated by Alex Waterman, Debra Singer and Matthew Lyons.

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