Estonian Music Days performance of “Synchronisms No. 6” (Mario Davidovsky, 1970), performed by Mari Visnapuu, video by Adeline Newmann (2011).

Two festivals. One week. No sleep.

In early April, two music festivals take over Tallinn, Estonia: Eesti Muusika Päevad (Estonian Music Days) and Tallinn Music Week.

Estonian Music Days is organized by the Estonian Composers Union and showcases the classical and academic music that is happening all over Estonia right now.

Tallinn Music Week showcases all genres of music being produced in Estonia and the Baltic region. It also has an attached conference, hosts delegates from around the world, and is a major industry event.

I was a part of the AudioVisual Composition @ EAMT concert, which was included in BOTH Estonian Music Days and Tallinn Music Week! We had three performances at Kanuti Gildi SAAL, all of which were filled to capacity. In fact, we had to turn people away from the final performance!

Read more about the AudioVisual Composition @ EAMT concert here and here.

The next day, I gave a guest lecture “Visualizing the Abstract: animation and video design for musical performance” to 25 students from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (EAMT) and the Estonian Academy of Arts.

In my guest lecture, I gave a survey of artistic, genre, and technical approaches for audio/visual performance, and discussed techniques for integrating visuals without overwhelming sound.

I screened some of my favorite ambient animations and visual music, including works by Stan Brakhage and John Whitney, then discussed in brief some interesting techniques for integrating video design into a musical performance, and finished with a quick demo of interfacing MIDI instruments with Isadora.

It was a lot to cover in one hour, and hopefully I’ll have the opportunity to expand on a lot of these techniques in the future…

Then, I had some time to explore Tallinn and meet all of the talented musicians taking part in Estonian Music Days and Tallinn Music Week!

Check out my photo album of Tallinnspiration here, and I hope you’ll be as inspired as I was by such a beautiful city!!


My animation/video design piece (2011) of Mario Davidovsky’s “Synchronisms No. 6” (1970) was performed in Tallinn, Estonia as part of Estonian Music Days and Tallinn Music Week 2013!


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