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Published on August 9th, 2010 | by sikandar

Marclay’s “Manga Scroll”: Sound Effects as a Visual Art

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Chris­t­ian Mar­clay, Amer­i­can visual artist and com­poser, has cre­ated a brand new ‘graphic score’ titled “Manga Scroll“. It bor­rows its style from Japan­ese Manga comics, using ono­matopoeic words and phrases sewn together to pro­duce a sixty-foot long chain of sound effects mad­ness. It’s a neat idea, and – tra­vers­ing visual and aural medi­ums – could be of great inter­est to the sound design com­mu­nity. The piece is cur­rently on dis­play at the Whit­ney Museum of Amer­i­can Art, as part of Chris­t­ian Mar­clay: Fes­ti­val. Check it out at the offi­cial web­site here.

What’s more, as a ‘graphic score’, it is has also been per­formed! Joan la Bar­bara, com­poser and sound artist, show­cased her inter­pre­ta­tion of Manga Scroll on July 16. Take a look at a video of the per­for­mance below:

Think you could read those sounds aloud more accu­rately? Was that left hook more of a BAM! or a POW!? Stay tuned to the PSE blog for our next com­pe­ti­tion, highly related to the con­tent of today’s blog post…. and a whole host of free sound effects to our winner!

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