The Haunting Beauty of Electronic Music Audiovisuals.

I have always been interested in visual art and its massive relation with electronic and drone music. From Brian Eno to Ryoji Ikeda. Magnificent light illustrations and audiovisual performances.

I love electronic music, it’s a passion to me and I’m drawn to it. Most of my designs are either for or inspired by music for electronic and drone geniuses. So I decided I want to do a research and post some of my favorite audiovisual performances and light exhibitions. I first got into light illustrations when I stumbled across the work of James Turrell, an American artist primarily work is of light that inhabits space. He creates a magnificent world, his compositions look like they just been cut off a sci-fi epic. Anyway here are some of my favorite audiovisual performances:


• Ryoji Ikeda’s Test Pattern

Ryoji Ikeda is a Japanese electronic musician, sound and visual artist who lives and works in Paris and Kyoto. He has been releasing materials via Raster-Noton, a well known German electronic record label since 2005. He uses mathematical rules and aesthetics to focus on the important characteristics of both sound and light. Ikeda magnificently combines sound frequencies, visuals, philosophy of art, and mathematics into overwhelming live performances and installations. He has performed and exhibited all over the world.



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People walk over the installation 'test pattern' (100m version)People walk over the installation ‘test pattern’ (100m version) 

test4test pattern [nº3], 2010. (Marc Domage/Courtesy of Ryoji Ikeda.)



ryoji-ikeda-test-pattern-5-3Above and Below: Test Pattern [No 5] Ryoji Ikeda.


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Watch Ryoji Ikeda’s Test Pattern

I’m in awe by just how perfect it’s executed. I’d die to attend any of his audiovisual performances. Watching this feels like I’m trapped inside a broken maze of digital data and noise but I never want to get out. Test pattern is also re-imagined for Times Square using digital screens over several blocks.


• Ryoji Ikeda’s Data Matrix

Another outstanding audiovisual performance by Ikeda, I wouldn’t mind watch it forever, because it’s basically just organized white noise frequencies with some stunning visuals, I have had a huge interest in white noise for a long time, I find it fascinating, watching this, you’re literally across a wall of data Matrix.

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Finally, another project that you probably want to check out is Superposition, a project about the way we understand the reality of nature on an atomic scale and is inspired by the mathematical notions of quantum mechanics.

Watch Ryoji Ikeda’s Superposition

Favorite Ryoji Ikeda album: Opus.

Favorite Ryoji Ikeda track: Op.3 String Quartet.


• Alva Noto’s Unicolor

Another Raster-Noton sound and visual artist who make incredible audiovisuals and illustrations is non other than German minimalist Carsten Nicolai who releases materials under the name of Alva Noto. One of my favorite pieces for him is Unicolor, a series of expanding visuals of many colors that unfold over a wide projectors that seem to be going on forever, it creates a gorgeous world of visual effects that provoke the viewers perceptions. He previously made similar works to this project like univrs  in (2010) and unidisplay in (2012) and also made a couple of Collaboration with his fellow artist Ryoji Ikeda which were just as good as their solo works.






Watch Siisx / Mur by Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto @ Aural Festival 2012

Favorite Alva Noto Album: Xerrox Series specially vol.2

Favorite Alva Noto Track: Xerrox Monophaser 3


• Murcof+ Simon Geilfus (Antivj)

I first listened to Murcof music 4 months ago when a friend of mine recommend him to me, Murcof is the solo project of Fernando Corona that he founded in 2001. I listened to Remembranza an album of 8 tracks released in 2005. It’s dark and beautiful and definitely unique ranges from minimal electronic sound to experimental, he is known for his way of combining the digital sound with the classical music while adding elements of abstract sound, sometimes samples and other times glitch. I fell in love with this album, and naturally wanted to listen to more of his music so I decided to give Cosmos a try, here’s the thing, it quite different from Remembranza, and reminded me so much of Biosphere’s work, which I absolutely adore, from the album’s name you can correctly assume it’s an electronic space ambient/ dark ambient. Very enjoyable and meditative. I started to look online for live performances when I came across his audiovisual work with Simon Geifus of Antivj, and damn! Those performances are so good and visually stunning. Here is one of my favorite performances.



Watch Murcof and the AntiVJ label, Södra Teatern 2010-10-22

I also done some digging and found a very interesting graphic designer and Visual artist named Marcos Montane who make incredible work and happened to have designed realtime visual system for Murcof album Martes. You can check out his work here.

Favorite Murcof album: Remembranze

Favorite Murcof track: Rostro and Reflejo

• Another hauntingly beautiful audiovisual performances worth mentioning

Imposition audiovisual performance by electronic musician Edisonnoside and Daniel Schwarz.


Konkreet was used in an immersive audiovisual performance called Dromos, at the Mutek Satosphere.



I sincerely hope more electronic and drone artists get into performing audiovisuals, specially Tim Hecker and Ben Frost, like imagine they make a light illustrated performance together?!


Author: ホワイトノイズ

Visual Artist and Graphic Designer. Interested in white noise, minimalism, sci-fiction, generative art, patterns, glitch, vhs errors, non-fiction, new media art, drones, visual poetry, experimental languages, light and space

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