PST1: variations | Brian Murphy

PST1: variations by Brian Murphy

Audio: Pst1: variations Chromograph (2013)

PST1: variations by Brian Murphy

Audio: Pst1: variations Notations (2013)

PST1: variations by Brian Murphy

Audio: Pst1: variations Score (2013)

PST1: variations by Brian Murphy

Statement

I am interested in the interpretation of information, in all manner of forms. My intention is to look at these interpretations with an unprejudiced eye. I am interested in the anomalies in the different iterations of the interpretations and what they may reveal.

In the summer of 2012, I had the opportunity to spend time working in the research lab of Dr. Robert Means at the Yale School of Medicine. There I was able to take a tissue sample from myself and extract and amplify a small piece of my DNA identified as PST1. It is this data set, my genetic information, that has been reinterpreted and presented as Pst1: variations Score (2013), Pst1: variations Chromograph (2013), Pst1: variations Sequence (2013) and Pst1: variations Notations (2013) a collection of visual music scores for further interpretations.

Three different variations from Pst1: variations are documented in the performance video: the first section is a piece from Pst1: variations Score (2013) played on electric guitar; the second section is from my book Pst1: variations Chromograph (2013) played using a four-voice software synthesizer with an external controller; the third section is from Pst1: variations Score (2013) and is performed on a toy piano. Videos are made with an Xbox Kinect and the programming environment Processing. The Kinect generates a point cloud image as a real-time video. The computer has a microphone that hears the music that I am playing based on the scores from my DNA and converts that sound information into RGB color data for the projection.

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