Cloud Music

  • Robert Watts, Bob Diamond, David Behrman, Cloud Music, 1974-1979, hybrid sound/video installation with custom electronics, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1979, Robert Watts Estate, David Behrman, Bob Diamond, Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment, 2013.64

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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

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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment

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hybrid sound/video installation with custom electronics
  • Performing arts – music
  • Landscape – weather – cloud
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