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in plain listen

Commissioned by the University of Houston's Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center. 2023

This work explores secrets being hidden in plain sight, or in this case, plain listen.

 

New York City-based artist and technically-trained magician Jeanette Andrews created her own musical notation system based on morse code. Each sonic morse code beep sequence has transformed into a lush musical note sequence. She then translated the text of the secret of one of the oldest pieces of magic in history into those morse code musical notes. 

 

She has then arranged those morse coded notes into a musical score that will be performed by a solo cellist in tandem with the performance of the piece of magic itself. One is listening to an ancient secret while watching the modern performance that is the manifestation of that secret information.

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