Clavilux 2000

Jonas Friedemann Hever created his own version of the Clavilux, the Clavilux 2000, which consisted of 3 parts, a digital piano with 88 keys and a midi output, a computer running a vvvv patch and a vertical projection above the keyboard.
For every note played on the keyboard a new visual element appears in a form of a stripe, which then changes its dimensions, positions and colour to the way the particular key was stroke.
The length and vertical position show the velocity, the stripes width reflects stye length of each note.
The colours give the viewer and listener an impression of the harmonic relations
Notes belonging to one specific tonality always get colors from one specific area of the color wheel. Therefore each key gets it’s own color scheme and “wrong” notes stand out in contrasting colors. The more different tonalities a piece has, the more colorful the visualization will be.

When researching into the Clavilux 2000 I found it really interesting. At first when I saw it working I thought it was a really interesting and beautiful way to show music in a visually inspiring way. Then when researching into it further I liked the way in which the lights where actually created as I thought it was just any random colour but its actually all programmed to make each note and tone a certain colour. I like the way in which the Clavilux shows us sound, as we normally just listen to it and create our own images to it in our heads, but with this we see the process of the sound as its being created. Watching how the lights react is visually beautiful we see a piece of art being created straight in front of us.

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