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Sympathetic Resonances
An installation in Music, Video, and Digital prints
Morris Graves Museum of Art, Thonson Gallery

Designed in such a way that the repetitions of the voices are left to chance, the room will be constantly recomposing itself for the length of the installation. With each section having it's own unique visual and audio character the possibilities are quite exciting.  On the walls of the gallery surrounding the video and audio presentations will be high quality digital prints from moments in each section of the piece.

Explains Bralove, "My goal is to create a welcoming environment with color and sound which will invite the participant to constantly shift his or her perspective throughout the room and still maintain a cohesive artistic expression.  In this environment, sound and image may be seen as Sympathetic Resonances of the same compositional elements. Each musical and visual part is constructed in such a way that it has a constantly changing conversation across the space.  The viewer is able to shift perspectives on the elements in both medium and time.  The individual print can be seen as a timeless expression of a single note, while that single note is also having a real time conversation across the space in sound and video, which will never repeat.  I encourage viewers to check into the gallery at different times during their visit to the museum as well as different times during the installation to see how their experience changes over time."

A live performance on Friday, June 9, 2006 featured Bralove performing music and video live in a further extension of his cutting edge work.

For the past few years Bob Bralove has been exploring the marriage of image and sound to a single artistic gesture.  With the help of computers he has created a performance medium where every gesture of his fingers on the keyboard trigger both audio and video in consistent and predictable ways.  In Sympathetic Resonances,dd Bralove uses this medium as a compositional tool to transform a physical space. Each wall of the William Thonson Gallery will be converted to a voice in a four-voice fugue in music and images.

Sensual surround
by Wendy Butler,
5/31/2006
Eureka Reporter

It began with a single photograph of water.

San Francisco-based artist Bob Bralove’s “Sympathetic Resonances” started as one art form — photography — and what viewers will see, hear and be no doubt absorbed by is original music and visual compositions moving through one another as if they could not exist alone.

The installation, which also includes digital prints, is in the William Thonson Gallery at the Morris Graves Museum of Art, 636 F St., Eureka. A public reception will be held on Saturday during First Saturday Night Arts Alive! from 6-9 p.m.

Bralove will also give a live performance on June 9, at 8 p.m., at the museum.

“Sympathetic Resonances” music and images layer in order to provide visitors with an installation experience, whose sound and graphics will continuously change. Wendy Butler/The Eureka Reporter

His music compositions and ensuing performances came first.

Bralove has a master’s degree in composition and he studied with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Wayne Peterson focusing on composing orchestral and chamber works.

He helped score the CBS remake of the television series “The Twilight Zone.”

Then Bralove began writing software programs and was recruited by Stevie Wonder’s chief engineer.

“I started writing software to make his machine speak to him,” Bralove said.

He evolved his skills in digital manipulation as Wonder’s sound designer and computer music director (“Woman in Red,” “In Square Circle”).

Bralove, a pianist and keyboardist, was the MIDI wizard, producer (“Infrared Roses,” “Built to Last”) and co-writer of Gold and Platinum selling songs, including “Picasso Moon” and “Easy Answers,” with the Grateful Dead for eight years, beginning in the late 1980s.

Through digital technology Bralove was able to make a guitar sound like a wind instrument.

“If Jerry was playing the trumpet, that happened through my hands,” Bralove said, during an interview in the gallery last week.

Bralove still performs music live in the U.S. and Japan in solo concerts and with Dose Hermanos and The Psychedelic Keyboard Trio.

Bralove began creating sound-pictures using similar technology to that of a synthesizer.

“It became an issue of how do I extend the reality of my keyboard?” he said.

Bralove’s sound-visual performances have been featured in three gallery exhibitions/installations at The Dogwood Center for Performing Arts in Fremont, Mich.

For the Thonson installation, Bralove, first, shot digital photographs of Stowe Lake in Golden Gate Park. Using Photoshop he changed their colors, saturations and highlights.

Then, using specialized computer software, he was able to introduce the pictures into a “musical language.”

“There is no artistic language like music,” he said.

Bralove said, for example, there are 88 keys on a keyboard, so there are 88 different images on that virtual keyboard.

The music-images are layered.

“I don’t separate the senses of expression anymore,” he said. “The arch is completely integrated for me.”

Gallery visitors will be surrounded by “six palettes” played through four “systems.”

Each system is one DVD player connected to three TVs. Each composition lasts about six minutes.

The installation will play continuously and the music-images will connect and reconnect with themselves and across the room and do so randomly, because that is how they were designed. So, a visitor who arrives at 1 p.m. will experience a different installation if he/she returns again at 3 p.m.

Bralove said his art is immediate.


“What I’m doing is really about the moment, being able to pull something off in the moment,” he said. “You can turn it into a kaleidoscope, because that’s the way you tell right now.”

For More Information Contact:  Jemima J. Harr, Museum Director-Curator
Morris Graves Museum of Art   (707) 442-0278, ext. 205, jemima@humboldtarts.org
Stephanie Chaiken, S.C. Entertainment (212) 929-0630, sceusa@aol.com


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