FLOW A/V Real-time Installation for ECM Records

At the core of ECM’s music lies the idea of horizontal development: the music never stops flowing and developing, a constant stream of time. The installation „Flow“ by Lars Ullrich and Mathis Nitschke lets the visitor experience this horizontal development by involving the visitor in analysis and visualization of the inner flow of music through digital animations.

The selection of music titles represents the variety and contrast of ECM’s catalog. On the screen, so-called particle systems generate a continuous stream of 3D objects in various forms. The forms, their impulse, their distribution, their speed of movement are selected on the basis of a physical 3D engine, whose parameters are precisely tuned to the music currently being played. By creating an abstract landscape from the music, the visitor can explore its fluid dynamics and be part of its organic behavior: The listener is drawn into the music.

The selection of music titles represents the variety and contrast of ECM’s catalog. Next to historic landmark recordings like the ones with Bennie Maupin, Paul Bley or Arvo Pärt more contemporary and special pieces are selected. Unusual for a music label to record a speech album, the recording of Bruno Ganz reciting Hölderlin marks an interesting radicalization of this idea of the inner movement: Even in language, the musical forward motion can be found.

„Flow“ by Lars Ullrich and Mathis Nitschke was originally commissioned by Hyundai Card for their 2019 exhibition at Storage in Seoul, Korea, on the 50th birthday of the famous music label ECM Records. „Flow“ lets the visitor experience the label’s musical thinking. Constant motion in space and time and horizontal musical development: these are the core attributes to which ECM founder and producer Manfred Eicher dedicated his life’s work. „Flow“ takes the colors of the album cover to render its shapes. Live Particle systems generate a continuous stream of 3D objects in various forms. The choice of forms, their impulse, their distribution, and their speed of movement are selected on the basis of a physical 3D engine, whose parameters are automatically tuned to the music currently being played. By creating an abstract landscape from the music, the visitor can explore the music’s fluid dynamics and be part of its organic behavior: The listener is literally drawn into the music.

 

HOURS
Tuesday – Saturday 12:00-21:00 Sunday, holidays 12:00-18:00 필수Closed on every Monday, Lunar New Year’s holidays, Chuseok holidays

ADMISSION
– For the admission fee, see our “Exhibition” page
– Preschoolers must be accompanied by their parents

CONTACT
02-2014-7850 storage@hcs.com

LOCATION

Storage by Hyundai Card, 248, Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul (B2F)

Main entrance: via the stairs on the side of the building

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Some examples of the installation can be found here