Musica Universalis

Title of ArtworkMusica Universalis
Year of Origin2016
    Steel, Acrylic, LED, Electronics, Code
Collaboration/Shared Production/Research
    In Zusammenarbeit mit dem Day for Night Festival in Houston, Texas
    UVA (United Visual Artists)
Medium/Type of Artwork
Light Source
Light-Optical Factors

Musica Universaliscontinues UVA’s explorations of time, space, light and sound. During the 1st century BC, mathematician and philosopher Pythagoras discovered a series of relationships between geometry and harmonics. He identified that the pitch of a musical note is in proportion to the length of the string that produces it, and that intervals between harmonious sound frequencies form simple numerical ratios. Musica Universalisis a spatial instrument that investigates the resonances from far away objects in our solar system. It comprises a series of kinetic, physical sculptures, each containing a spherical form and a mechanism driving a rotating light source and speaker. Light is cast through the space creating interventions and interactions with the architecture. Oscillations slowly drift in and out of harmony within each cell and across the series. Over time, white light shifts into its component frequencies of colour. Sound design by Ben Kreukniet.


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