TONES, This Place is a Shelter
TONES, is an installation that merges musical score with photo-based materials. Tonality is a term used in both music and photography. Duration, pitch, and intensity determine the tone of an individual note, and when these tones are placed in a series, they carry the intended mood of the musical piece. In a photograph, tone is conveyed by the distribution of light and dark within the plane of grains or pixels; an image is considered flat when the tones are mostly grey and contrasty when the tones are evenly split between black and white.
In TONES, the grid of grey rectangles is a visualization of the minimalist composition This Place is a Shelter by Olafur Arnalds. In order to match the tonal range of the piece, Paluzzi uses darkroom equipment as a musical instrument, operating the aperture of the enlarger lens, contrast filters, and the timer to make sound into light.
Each grey rectangle represents a different note in sequence. There are 233 notes in total.
These expanded tones were made with the same algorithm as the TONES installation. However, during the final phase, while the silver gelatin paper turns grey in the developing tray, a speaker is placed beside the tray, vibrating the chemistry with the sound of This Place is a Shelter. The resulting tonal changes in the images come from the micro-waves produced by the music itself.