Last spotted in San Francisco, USA on March 28, 2003, 1:23 pm
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Though there were many other exhibits, my favorite consisted of a digital projector and several hanging translucent sheets hanging back in a dark hall. This complex piece allowed the user to first select an music score from a large selection using a mouse. Once selected, the piece would play as if on a player piano. However, as the music plays, the notes would project onto the screen in order. The current playing note was actually in the middle of the scrolling canvas, so the right half showed notes that were yet to play, and the left with played notes. As the notes were played, the actual notes themselves transformed to create a picture of the song at that moment, in the theme of the song.

One Jazz piece, for example, looked as if it created a cityscape from the played notes, where the volume determined the size and the pitch the of the location of the building added. As the music played, a city skyline, built from the score of the music itself, was built in the air. In another, what appeared to be plants and flowers sprung forth to create a garden. Obviously, it suffers much in its translations to words. But I can assure you, it was captivating.

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