Seeinteracting Sound Pictures

Seeinteracting Sound Pictures is the result of the encounter of four eclectic personalities which aim to combine scientific research to musical composition. The key element behind the project is the passion for sound experimentation that all of them share.

Seeinteracting Sound Pictures  arises from the strong desire to connect two seemingly distant but at the same time indispensable worlds: sound and image. Thanks to the technology used in the installation, visitors are invited to interact and encouraged to use their senses, trying to blend the two elements. To do so, selected works exhibited at the Caos Museum in Terni  constitute the expedient throughout which interaction with virtual orchestration occurs. In fact, each of the 6 paintings displayed at the collection unexpectedly becomes the sound source from which Johann Sebastian Bach’s  The Musical Offering originates. This work is attributable to the full maturity of the German composer, chosen here as a pretext, being among the most speculative and mathematical in the history of music for the sophisticated contrappunto  techniques used.


To accompany this musical plot, a sound effect directly evoked by the representation of each frame will be generated at the same time as the observer’s presence.


The chromatic material of the brushstroke of Corrado Spaziani and the lyrical figure of Otello Fabri, represent only two of the aspects and of the artists in the hall which deserve to be mentioned and to be emphasized in this refined play of recalls and references between the figurative image and the sound.


More importantly, the form and the musical sense of this virtual orchestration can only be shaped by the presence and by the movements of the spectator as a consequence of its variation within the physical space. As suggested by the neologism that identifies the installation, “looks interacting with sound shapes”, is a sinesthetic path which aims to invests the spectator in person, releasing him from the role of a purely passive participant of aesthetic exponence to elevate him as an active subject of artistic creation.


Finally, in this extremely dynamic acoustic space, an additional element intervenes: the anthropomorphic sculptures placed on the short side of the hall repeatedly pronounce some of the inspirers sentences of this FAST edition.


Thus, the acoustic word generated will be simultaneously displayed as an oscillogram (waveform) within a virtual reconstruction of the acoustic field, proposing an alphabet of signs describing the sound itself, in a process of transduction from its natural pressure to the visual one. It is in this continual modulation of the space of our perceptions that the contamination between what we see and what we hear keeps on suggesting an uninterrupted flow of the image that inspires the sound … and of the sound that comes back to be visual.


First presentation:

Festival Internazionale della Creazione Contemporanea, FAST 2011 – Terni


Music: Maurizio Massarelli

Interactive Design: Marco Bertola

Engineering: Marco Bertola, Gianluca Susi, Emiliano Daddario

Artistic Advice: Barbara Reggio