Expansion Of The Universe

Sound Installation

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.

Production: Blutakku
Client: Liquid Center
Role: Graphic Design

Process

EOTU - Process
EOTU - Process
EOTU - Process
EOTU - Process
EOTU - Process
EOTU - Process
EOTU - Process
EOTU - Process

Composition

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.

Poster Design

Campus Festival 2015

Ars Electronica 2016

EOTU - Ars Electronica
EOTU - Ars Electronica
EOTU - Ars Electronica
EOTU - Ars Electronica
EOTU - Ars Electronica
EOTU - Ars Electronica

Credits

Composition
Rudolf Wakolbinger

Realisation
Liquid Center
Netzteil
Still Photography
Andreas Pikal
Roger Richter
Martin Schlögl
Netzteil

Camera & Timelapse
Gregory Glaser
Graphic Design & Video
David Arno Schwaiger

Production
Blutakku