The Xenakis-Emulator is an audiovisual adaptation of two key works of architect/composer Iannis Xenakis – the composition “Metastasseis” and the facade for the monastery “La Tourette” by master architect Le Corbusier. Kammerbauer + Schnellboegl created a synergetic digital animation of an interpretation of the facade and a music adaptation. The facade strips, which reflect the “Glissando”-motif of “Metastasseis”, float in an abstract space, followed by a vertical strip that “plays” the music adaptation by Kammerbauer + Schnellboegl in realtime and synchronous with the vertical facade elements.
“The façade strips of the monastery La Tourette with their characteristic pattern of divisions are the basis for the visual representation. The objective here is to connect visual image and audible sound. The animation displays the façade strips as abstract floating objects extracted from the context of the actual building. The animation is then combined with the adaptation music. A camera follows the façade strips in a parallel movement in such a manner that permits the simultaneous and synchronous transmission of the adaptation music. At the same time, a horizontal bar appears below the façade strips, featuring an image of the waveform of the adaptation music. A thin vertical bar indicates the synchronous movement of camera and adaptation music across the façade strips.”