Hand-drawing Sounds – An Introduction to Graphical, Ornamental Sound


April 6


02:00 pm - 05:00 pm

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drawing sound, graphical sound, workshop


Common Ground

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Common Ground

Weisestr. 24

Berlin, Germany, 12049

6. 4. 2019 – Hand-drawing Sounds – An Introduction to Graphical, Ornamental Sound

“In this art they, the darknesses and brightnesses, constitute the woof of the play.  

They carry a chief burden of the transmitted feeling.’’

                Marry Hallock-Greenewald, “Nourathar: The Fine Art of Light-Color Playing”

Inspired by the discoveries pursued in Film recording technologies, in the late ’20s, Graphical Sound emerged as a new form of sound synthesis in which captured hand-drawn shapes on paper or film were converted into voltages and played out loud.

To understand better the background of associating images with sounds in a synesthetic approach, we will have a look, starting with the 17th century, at some of the earliest ideas and attempts in history that regard systems of sound visualisation and visual music. Amongst others, the Jesuit colour organs, Harmonographs, Cladni’s Klangfiguren and Mary Hallock Greenewalt’s methods.

We will explore the emergence of Sound on Film Technique and the movements that followed in Soviet Russia and Germany and delve into a compendium of interesting machines and inventions that were to establish one of the first sound synthesis techniques.


The theoretical introduction will be followed by a hands-on exercise in which we will draw and convert our hand-drawn shapes into sound using computer vision techniques. We will explore the juxtaposition of the historical and theoretical explorations into graphical sound with contemporary computing techniques. The attendees will gain a better understanding of opto-acoustical techniques and use them for their own musical experiments.


About the instructors:

Ioana Vreme Moser (RO)

Ioana Vreme Moser is a transmedia narrator and sound artist engaged with research activities, electronic poetics, and ludic notations.

She uses organic materials, lost and found mundane objects, junk, machinery and electrical components to disclose inconspicuous events that appear on a daily basis in intimate environments.

Her work currently involves electro-mechanical instruments, sound sculptures, kinetic installations, audio-visual performances, graphic notations, softly spoken recordings and video pieces.

In 2016, supplementary to her studies in Drawing, she wrote her graduation thesis on Graphical Sound and Visual Music. Much of the documentation and research was done in between 2015 and 2016 in Romania.


Moisés Horta Valenzuela (MX)

Moisés Horta is an artist working in the fields of computer sound, sonic immersion and interaction. ℌEXOℜℭℑSMOS, his latest musical endeavor, is an uncanny link between ancient and contemporary sound technologies. With the use of prehispanic sound artifacts from ancient México, contemporary brain-computer interface technology and hand crafted electronic instruments, ℌEXOℜℭℑSMOS situates the listener in a ritualistic and rhythmical noise soundscape that questions the politics of colonization and occupation – whether it be on the contemporary dance floor or through interactive sound installations.



Note: Please let us know if you can’t make it max. 24 hours before the workshop, otherwise, we can’t reimburse you.