Broken Slide – Into the Mouth of the Butterfly

Gerhard Nierhaus, Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics, Graz

The visual components of this multimedia project consist of movies/photos which are taken with various high magnification macro and microscopic devices from one single broken microscopic slide containing some parts of an insect’s body. It was not the intention to produce realistic imagery, but to photographically explore this single object in order to render visible the hidden beauty of varying abstract landscapes. ‘Magnification’ was also the motivating idea for the composition of the piece. Based on generative principles, the music grows out of a simple constellation of numbers which creates complex structures by unfolding in time.


Gerhard Nierhaus studied composition with Peter Michael Hamel, Gerd Kühr and Beat Furrer. Working within both traditional and contemporary digital and intermedial formats, his artistic output includes numerous works of acoustic and electronic music and visual media. He works at the Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics (IEM) at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Austria, and teaches Computer Music and Multimedia.

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