Shallow Steps: Sonification and Spatialisation of the Cognitive Perception of Audiovisual Fractal Spaces - Umut Eldem

Presented during the IRCAM Forum Workshops 2023 in Paris.

‘Shallow Steps’ is an audiovisual installation/performance that explores the synaesthetic space between sound, vision, audience, and infinity. The technique and software for the translation of the visuals to sound is created through the composer’s research on ‘Cognitive Audiovisual Transformation’- an approach to synaesthetic art that prioritizes cognitive elements instead of mathematical correspondences. The self-repeating structure of fractals, especially mathematical fractals such as the Mandelbrot set, is the starting point of the work. Applying certain mathematical formulae on a visual plane creates a specific, self-repeating shape. Zooming into this shape creates more intricate patterns. Theoretically these patterns continue until infinity, ever-changing and yet always unique. In this work it is this pattern that is transformed into sound and given an audiovisual form, as an automata entity.