Between Thought and Sound

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No Longer Showing.

Exploring the intersection of drawing and sound, the show Between Thought and Sound: Graphic Notation in Contemporary Music includes experimental scores by thirty composers who have relinquished traditional musical notation in favor of their own invented visual systems employing graphic or pictorial elements. Their musical compositions take the form of abstract drawings, videos, and digital renderings filled with complex pictograms, evocative mark-making, gestural symbols, and intricate codes of numbers, letters, and color. These highly personal vocabularies are the catalysts for a social process of translation and open-ended interpretation between composer and performer. The artist included in the exhibition are Laura Andel, Robert Ashley, James Beckett, David Behrman, Cathy Berberian, Earle Brown, Cornelius Cardew, Tony Conrad, John Driscoll, Morton Feldman, Jon Gibson, Tom Johnson, Alison Knowels, Joan La Barbara, Annea Lockwood, Alvin Lucier, Miya Masaoka, Kaffe Matthews, Meredith Monk, Gordon Mumma, Anthony Jay Ptak, Steve Roden, Marina Rosenfeld, James Saunders, Michael J. Schumacher, Elliot Sharp, Wadada Leo Smith, Yasunao Tone, David Tudor, Stephen Vitiello, and Christian Wolff.

Curated by Alex Waterman, Debra Singer, and Matthew Lyons. 
For more information please reference the catalog published in conjunction with this exhibition, now available on our Store.

Related Performances: 
Either/Or Friday, September 14, 7pm 

Ne(x)tworks, Wednesday, October 10, 8pm 

Jennifer Choi, Marina Rosenfeld, Alex Waterman, and Special Guests, Saturday, October 20, 6pm 

September 7-October 20, 2007 





This exhibition is sponsored by Altria Group, Inc.
Additional support was provided by the American Center Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the Fifth Floor Foundation. Music programs at The Kitchen are made possible with generous support from the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The New York State Music Fund, and with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. 

Photo: Tom Johnson, Avoided Harmonies.

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