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Dial in C


Hiroshi Matoba, NOBUhiko Furuta

Music could be understood as a four dimensional (three dimensional space + time axis) phenomenon of vibrating air. But usually it is converted into two dimensional formats, due to the limitation of paper or the understandability for human beings.

Most of the data in original phenomenon will be discarded or compressed by converting or clamping the value into a simple form. For example traditional five-line staff notation has two parameters as X-Y axis, pitch and timeline. A musician made complex air movement in space but it is written down just as black or white circles which describe the specific frequency which in addition is only the base of a continuum of frequency. A musical score is just one way of how to expressing air movement from a particular point of view, but we hold it an absolute system and keep using, except for some graphical scores in the 20th century/contemporary classical music.

The notation system which could be called language of music might limit our idea of music, much like language strongly influences the understanding of our surroundings. It might be possible to make completely new style music we never heard by rethinking and redesigning the notation system.

We focused on circular notation systems as opposed to the linear notation system and developed handmade software named “dial”. dial is performed with multi-screen projection and 6.1ch surround sound system to extend its circular movement to real space. dial provides new ways to make poly-rhythmic structure and control complex phase shifting via controlling circular interface.

Our goal is to emerge music as highly abstracted systems of parallel interlaced circular/cyclic movement like the world.

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