Max Cooper: “Wittgenstein’s writing tackles the issues of human expression and the links between our symbolism and existence, but also does so in an incomprehensibly dense way, for me at least. But it has a power when presented as art rather than a technical reading challenge. It’s full of feeling and suggestion that we’ve tried to play with here.”
“The video starts with just a few letters, that build a word, then a sentence, and finally, whole blocks of text with the meaning remaining between the lines. The letters can’t exist solely for their form. Eventually, they have to carry information.
Artist: Max Cooper
Polish designer/animator/programmer Ksawery Kirklewski fuses the words of German philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein with the music of Max Cooper in this fascinating exploration of generative typography called “Symphony in Acid”.
“Max’s dense soundtrack triggered my code in powerful ways. Such a wide perspective fuels the imagination and matches the logical-philosophical soul within Wittgenstein’s words. The ever-evolving atmosphere also helps to create new systems, new scenes.
Dolby Atmos mix sound engineers: Kaspar Broyd, Max Cooper, Niel Orens, String and Tins
Director/animator/programmer: Ksawery Kirklewski
CD: Max Cooper
Live site: www.symphonyinacid.net
“For the nerds out there, interested in the programming aspect, you can easily access the source code. For a more immersive and playful experience, I added a few interactive options: you can pause the track at any moment, and play with visuals with your mouse and keyboard. Enjoy!”
Posted on Thursday, May 12, 2022
Ksawery Kirklewski: “As with my earlier works, this one is also generative. I always hope for my projects to stay alive as long as possible, and more engaging with each play. In this case, with every visit to the website, the track follows a specific plot, the outcome however stays different.
We released the website simultaneously with the video, as an integral part of the project. The final video shows a single recording of the website being browsed.