MAMŰ Gallery

Graphic Score

on view until 5 March 2021

opening by Tamás Ungváry

Graphic score is a representation of music through the use of visual symbols outside the realm of traditional music notation. Graphic notation became popular in the 1950s, and can be used either in combination with or instead of traditional music notation. Graphic notation has been influenced by trends in contemporary visual art in its conception, but has been influenced by magic, the involvement of transcendent states in creative processes, and almost all experience of perceptions Two creative attitudes are pregnantly separated in them. On the one hand, the liberation and active involvement of performers has been in the process with more relevant freedom then in traditional sheet music. On the other hand, certain experimental music, as drone music, microtonality, intuitive and non-linear compositions simply cannot be described in the traditional way. The graphic scores of invited contemporary composers and artists in this exhibition seem to be closer to graphics than to sheet music – and to fine art as to music.