the music of permutations
2021 project by Delmar Mavignier in response to Almir Mavignier's Permutationen from 1961:
Is it possible to translate my fathers serigraphy project from 1961 into music?
Original Permutationen by Almir Mavignier from 1960 (3x16 works silk screen prints on paper) More info here >>
Permutations is a graphic project of Almir Mavignier in 1960, which was an essential expression of his thinking and became important for his following work as a artist, painter and graphic designer.
For this project he created three designs and a set of parameters for how they should be printed in a silkscreen process. He chose 4 background colours and 4 foreground color combinations. The printed combination resulted in 3 series a 16 prints, all with combinations of colours that were new to the artist and in the same time liberated the art work from the subjectivity of the artist, which was the driving intention behind the project. He later realised many of the results as paintings following exactly the colour combinations. .
What is interesting today is that most konkrete art paintings of Mavignier contain and represent what we today call algorithms which can be described mathematically and which can be translated into a different and new context.
Percussionist and co-composer Janosch Pangritz
composition parameters, algorithms and process
The music of permutations project does not have a composer. But we have made decisions a composer would do. The main approach was to treat the permutation graphic as if it was a notation system for music which we then transferred into a score system the jazz musician could use: