Expansion Of The Universe
With the composition »Expansion of the Universe«, Rudolf Wakolbinger has created an opus that traces the evolution of the universe from the Big Bang to the present. The composition contains a total of 1.036 staves with more than 1.5 million notes, making it one of the most expansive works in music history.
Client: Liquid Center
Role: Graphic Design
The composition’s duration of 13.8 minutes corresponds to the 13.8 billion years time spanning from the Big Bang until now. The relation between mathematics and music has fascinated the composer since his studies in Vienna. In particular, he focused on converting light frequencies (colors) into pitch levels. In »Expansion of the Universe», Rudolf Wakolbinger used microwave recordings collected by NASA, (America’s space agency,) where different colors represent the electromagnetic radiation corresponding to the formation of planets and galaxies. Rudolf Wakolbinger converts these colors into perceptible sounds and thus creates the foundation (a formal framework) for his composition.