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Musical Analogues of Mathematical Concepts: Ville Pulkki

  • M8 Art Space 8 Maarintie Espoo, 02150 Finland (map)

December 13, 2018–January 31, 2019

The exhibition shows four computer music compositions by Ville Pulkki from 1991–2018: three different versions of binary sequences, and one of the simplest fractals, Koch snowflake, mapped into music and visuals.

Our aesthetic experience in performing arts, like music, drama or dance, is associated with dynamic sound and movement, while the field of mathematics speaks the language of rigid formulas. Ville Pulkki’s artistic work comes from his curiosity towards finding ways of expressing mathematical concepts through music. Pulkki, who works in the field of engineering, discovered many years ago that that when he mapped the bits of a binary sequence to his fingers and played it on the piano, the outcome was a pleasant music. In his experimental sound pieces, Pulkki focuses on conveying the logic and meaning of mathematical phenomena in a clear and understandable way, translating them with the help of graphics and melody. 

Prof. Pulkki teaches and leads communication acoustics research group in the Department of Signal Processing and Acoustics at the School of Electrical Engineering in Aalto University.