"Deus Cantando" at the ars electronica center linz

The installation of the piece "Deus Cantando" from Peter Ablinger, Thomas Musil and Winfried Ritsch is shown at the new exhibition „What Machines Dream Of“ in the second floor for the next year.

On 10.3.2011 at the Ars Electronica Center was the opening of the installation for the next year.

DEUS CANTANDO / Winfried Ritsch, Peter Ablinger, Thomas Musil

“DEUS CANTANDO” plays with the interpretive capacities of the human brain. Transcription software makes it possible to reconstruct the frequency spectrum of a spoken text by means of a piano. Winfried Ritsch’s computer-controlled piano performs the “composition” with consummate precision. Each one of the 88 electromechanical fingers is capable of up to 16 keystrokes per second. The interpretive capacities of the human brain then transform what were initially abstract musical structures into a sequence of words in a human language. The result is an emphatic plea to save the Blue Planet and to protect human existence on Earth—the text of the 2009 Declaration of the International Environmental Criminal Court that was founded at the World Venice Forum pursuant to an initiative of Adolfo Pérez Esquivel and the Dalai Lama.

(Text from AEC at flickr )

"DEUS CANTANDO (God, singing) for computer-controlled piano and screened text" is a work by Peter Ablinger, Winfried Ritsch, Thomas Musil (AT), IEM AT

The transcription software was developed at the Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics Graz (IEM) from Thomas Musil and Winfried Ritsch.

Photo showing, from left to right: Winfried Ritsch, Peter Ablinger, Rhea4; CC by SA credit: rubra

References: Impressions, APA