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Cloud Music

1974-1979 Robert Watts Born: Burlington, Iowa 1923 Died: Bangor, Pennsylvania 1988 David Behrman Born: Salzburg, Austria 1937 Bob Diamond Born: New York, New York 1946 hybrid sound/video installation with custom electronics dimensions variable Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment © 1979, Robert Watts Estate, David Behrman, Bob Diamond 2013.64 Not currently on view


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Cloud Music is a synthesis of sound and image, the result of a collaboration between three artists: Robert Watts, David Berhman, and Bob Diamond. A closed-circuit video camera is directed through a window to the sky. A video analyzer and audio synthesizer read the image on a TV monitor, transforming the movement of clouds and changing light into an original score of music that transports the natural environment into the gallery for a new and immersive audio-visual experience. The result is an electronic score that fills the space with subtly shifting harmonics. Visitors listen to video as a nature-driven event unfolds in real-time. As sound is composed from light, Cloud Music is at once a conceptual homage to “chance” and a technological triumph that inspires a new means to experience the world.


Watch This!: Revelations in Media Art, 2015

Keywords

Landscape - weather - cloud

Performing arts - music

installation art

About Robert Watts

Born: Burlington, Iowa 1923 Died: Bangor, Pennsylvania 1988

About David Behrman

Born: Salzburg, Austria 1937

About Bob Diamond

Born: New York, New York 1946

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