๐ŸŽน Optophonic Pianoยถ

The Optophonic Piano was a one-off electronic optical instrument created by the Russian Futurist painter Vladimir Baranoff Rossinรฉ (Born in 1888 at Kherson , Ukraine โ€“ Russia, died Paris, France 1944). Rossinรฉ started working on his instrument c1916. The Optophonic Piano was used at exhibitions of his own paintings and revolutionary artistic events in the new Soviet Union, Rossinรฉ later gave two concerts with his instrument (with his wife Pauline Boukour), at the Meyerhold and Bolchoi theatres in 1924. Rossinรฉ was influenced by the ideas of Alexander Scriabin who connected sound and colour with music to produce a aesthetic synthesis โ€“ this current formed an important, almost mystical theme within Russian electronic music; through the photo-audio experiments of the 1930โ€™s until the ANS Synthesiser (itself named after Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin- ANS) in the 1940s.

โ€œThe Optophonic Piano projected revolving patterns onto a wall or ceiling by directing a bright light through a series of revolving painted glass disks, filters, mirrors and lenses.โ€

โ€ The keyboard controlled the combination of the various filters and disks. The variations in opacity of the painted disk and filters were picked up by a photo-electric cell controlling the pitch of a single oscillator. The instrument produced a continuous varying tone whichโ€“accompanied by the rotating kaleidascopic projectionsโ€“was used by Vladimir Rossinรฉ at exhibitions and public events.โ€

rossine painted โ€ƒ[Rossinรฉโ€™s Optophonic Piano]โ€ƒ โ€ƒ โ€ƒ โ€ƒ โ€ƒ โ€ƒ โ€ƒ โ€ƒ โ€ƒ[Painted glass disk of The Optophonic Piano]

โ€œImagine that every key of an organโ€™s keyboard immobilises in a specific position, or moves a determined element, more or less rapidly, in a group of transparent filters which a beam of white light pierces, and this will give you an idea of the instrument Baranoff-Rossinรฉ invented.โ€

Here you can see the Optophonic Piano in action: https://youtu.be/I2BnanDDeFg

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