The God Note and the Great Concert Tuning Controversy
Often referred to as the "God Note" for its seemingly God-like tonal quality, The tuning of A4 to 432 has been anything but standard. In fact the current standard for concert tuning is 440. This means that the A above middle C (A4) is tuned to 440Hz. Prior to 1939 however, that standard was 432Hz. Why it changed and why it's not universally accepted is the subject of many websites, youtube videos and discussions. This piece "Soundburst" is an assembly of record album covers that have been sliced into strips and re-arranged into the frequency wavelength of 432Hz (79.86cm). The centerpoint of the canvas represents the origin of the sound burst. The colored pieces travel outward diminishing in both size and spacing following the sine curve of a 432 wavelength. The density and colors represent the diminishing compression of air (the white field) as it moves outward from its original sound source. Learn more about the 432 vs 440 debate Here .
Ladies and Gentlemen, I present Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy
When I gathered enough Elton John album covers, I knew exactly what I wanted the arrangement of pieces to "sound" like. The first note of Bennie and the Jets is a chord made up of the following notes: G1,G2,B3,D4,F#4,B5. Whenever that song came on the radio, I could identify that song in under one second because of that chord. That chord is seared into my brain with an immediate association to Elton John and Bennie. Therefore it was a no brainer that Elton's piece could only be that note/chord. Read more about how the frequency wavelengths are represented in this piece Here .
Meet the latest addition to the Frequency Aesthetic family / "Black Gold"
Cut from black vintage rock-genre album covers, the slices are sized and arranged relative to the golden ratio in height and width. A frequency sine wave pattern is overlayed and represented by the orange-tipped slices. The vertical dimension of the overall piece dictated the frequency which falls within the parameters of A5/440 tuning and A5/432. Not coincidentally, A is the first note in the notes in D major scale (A, B, C#, D, E, F#, and G). Which also is not a coincidence that it is the key of "Back in Black", the AC/DC ditty represented in the album covers. Click Here for more
EAST Austin studio tour
Nov10,11 & 17,18
Two locations for 2018!
New works on display at:
701 Tillery St.
Austin, TX 78702
Rust In Peace collection on display now at:
1208 Brentwood Road,
Austin, TX 78722
Canis Major now on display through November 19 at Festival Beach Park on Lady Bird Lake in Austin Texas.