Marina Rosenfeld. roygbiv&b documentation
Excerpt from roygbiv&b, recorded on April 21, 2011
Artist Marina Rosenfeld incorporated the reverberant acoustics and ambient noise of the MoMA atrium into a musical work, as part of the musem's Instruction Lab series, that aimed to make a playful conflation of 'spectral composition' and the iconic form of the rainbow, by producing the temporary impression--in sound--of a rainbow against the atrium’s fourth wall. Created in collaboration with a youth choir from Brooklyn High School of the Arts, Rosenfeld’s roygbiv&b dispersed electro-acoustic and live sound in ascending strata from the floor of the atrium through the upper balconies, converting the seven colors of the rainbow (with an extra 'b' intimating the ‘b’ of r&b) back into language, where r becomes 'are', o becomes 'oh', y becomes 'why', g becomes 'je (sus)', and so on. These shifting values—pitch, frequency, word, letter, symbol, notation—occur in the composition as both instructions for musicians, and as fragmentary song lyrics: "Are you that somebody...,” “Oh, oh, oh…,” “Why should my heart...,” “I will always love you,” etc. This recording features binaural audio recorded by collaborating acousticians David Rife and Raj Patel of Arup Acoustics; William Lang on trombone; and Kato Hideki, Shahzad Ismaily and Eric Silverberg on bass, as well as the choral students of Avid Williams, Brooklyn High School of the Arts.
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