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Piano-fleuve
Piano-fleuve Louis Ouellet (2011)

The idea behind the Piano-fleuve project was very simple: translate the shores of the St. Lawrence into a score for an automatic piano.

The idea behind the Piano-fleuve project was very simple: translate the shores of the St. Lawrence into a score for an automatic piano. To do this, the artist took satellite images of the river between Quebec City and its mouth. The images were then assembled into horizontal strips that served as the “score” for the piano.

 

With Avatar’s help, Louis had already drawn a number of pictures and designed the programming for basic software to interpret them. During his residency, he tested the programming parameters, verified the quality of the drawings, and experimented with various components of the installation. 

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