Graphic Music Score ‘Chaincurve’ (2016)

As contribution to the MA thesis of graphic and Zsa Zsa Linnemann I took an existing figure ground analysis of Paris and morphed it based on the music composition ‘Chaincurve’ of composer David Dramm and Marco Blaauw.

The base material, morphological reduction drawings come from the project ‘Les Villes Rangees’ of Armelle Caron. I this work she reconfigures and sorts the bits and pieces of well known cities into a new composition. Listening to ‘Chaincurve’ of 21:51 minutes I appropriated her work of Caron and made a new composition which acts as a graphic music score.

In a workshop and lecture performance of David Dramm. He described how this graphic music score seemed to alter the perception of time: “Interesting how this score seems to slow down the music”.


Linnemann eventually used this graphic music score in a public session in which she divided the score as a mosaic on several boards. All participants in the audience of her performance got one part of the mosaic while a percussionist on stage reacted in avant garde music/noise on the mosaic the audience showed to him.

Image 1 & 2: Les Villes Rangees, Armelle Caron


Image: Chaincurve Music Score, Urben

mosaic1 mosaic2 mosaic3 mosaic4

Images: Mosiac, Zsa Zsa Linnemann


Another interesting result of this experiment is how guitarist and friend Tobias Kerkhoven got enthusiastic to react on my graphic score with a brand new composition ‘Intersphere’. While there is no direct relation between the original song ‘Chaincurve’ the score was based on the similarities, especially in perception of time and long notes and noise are obvious. Intersphere will be available for listening from mid December ’16.