P-021 Band Structure

Basic Information

Title: P-021 Band Structure
Artist(s): Manfred Mohr
Date Created: 1970
Framed Dimensions: 20 x 20 in.
Unframed Dimensions: 15.5 x 15.5 in.
Inventory ID: Mohr-1970-01


signed and dated in graphite lower right
title printed below the image lower left

hardware: CDC7600
software: Program 21 with FORTRAN
output machine: Benson Plotter

The elements are horizontal, vertical, 45 degree lines, square waves, zig-zags, and have probabilities for line widths and lengths. The algorithm places elements in a horizontal direction and has a high probability to move from left to right and a limited probability to backtrack. The original idea of this algorithm was to create a visual musical score which defies the progression in time by occasionally turning back on itself. Thus at the same time an abstract text is created.


Detail images of the work

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