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Turning The World's Hardest Piano Piece Into Generative Visual Madness 

Featuring two-channel HD projection, artists Quayola & Sinigaglia's visuals are the perfect match for Ravel's complex piano compositions.

by Abdullah Saeed
May 8 2014, 4:00pm

By interpreting classic works through the lens of geometric animation, Creator Quayola forged a style that simultaneously deconstructs and enhances the traits of timeless artistic works. His newest creation, in collaboration with Italian visualist Sinigaglia, adds an enthralling visual dimension to some of the most difficult compositions ever written for piano:

Any pianist worth his or her salt knows that ’s compositions are not to be trifled with. The turn-of-the-century composer wrote music that demands nothing less than virtuosity from its performer. is one such pianist with the chops to knock a Ravel piece out of the park, hitting every emotive note with the blistering speed its composer intended. Quayola worked with Sinigaglia to create Ravel Landscapes, a generative audiovisual collaboration that translates the Wagner's flawless execution of Ravel's music into a stream of vivid colors and shapes.

With Wagner at center stage, powering through the ebbs and flows of Ravel’s “Pavane,” “Les Vales Nobles et Sentimentales,” “Gaspard de la Nuit” and “Ma Mere L’Oye,” Quayola and Sinigaglia’s specialized software enacts an array of visualizations that bring new life to the legendary music.

This new project is a throw to the multidisciplinary artists' inspiration from Russian artist Kandinsky, whose paintings took the form of abstract musical notation. The Ravel adaptation is the latest in a series of collaborations between Quayola and Sinigaglia that visualize music in real-time. If you thought their were cool, wait until you see this mind-bending update on the method.

Visit and Sinigaglia for more behind-the-scenes videos and images of Ravel Landscapes. 

Music: Maurice Ravel

Producers: Keri Elmsly, Axelle De Calan

Technical: Benoit Simon

Sound Analysis: Adam Stark

Commissioned by Cite’ de la Musique, Paris


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