June 27, 2005
In one of those strange coincidences, I happened to be listening to Fat Jon's "Visual Music" at the same time as I was reading about a presentation of the same name by the Hirshhorn Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.

In this case, Visual Music refers to a class of films that use experimental techniques to attempt to create a visual representation of musical forms. You can think of it as just a particular class of abstract films, but the Hirshhorn press release speaks of synaesthesia, a neurological phenomenon in which people experience one sense as another (for instance, seeing sounds).

This exhibition includes the work of animated visual-music pioneers like Oskar Fishinger, Hans Richter, and Len Lye, and runs from June 23 to September 11 at the Hirshhorn.

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