Instruments to Perform Color-Music: Two Centuries of Technological Experimentation

Kenneth Peacock
1988 Leonardo: Journal of the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology  
This document is out of print and the writing is beyond copyright, or it is being reproduced with the permission of the authors and publishers. This version reflects the general appearance of the original, though modern computer-based type has been substituted with the consequence that within-page spacing is slightly altered. Abstract-In our multi-media age, low-cost technology has facilitated the creation of convincing artistic works that combine music and colored light. The most elusive
more » ... most elusive aspect of this art, historically termed 'color-music', has been the light-projection instrument. Attempts to develop such a device date from the eighteenth century and, since that time, many machines have been proposed. The author discusses the most significant of these instruments which, in many cases, were developed by experimenters working in isolation.
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