I first came across Hilbert curves in Tom Johnson’s book Self-Similar Melodies, and first used them as the basis for a piece of music with curve-ing hil – written for Hilary Jeffery as part of a composer/choreographer workshop back at the turn of the millennium. I revisited them again in 2015 with a little screen-reader piece put together as part of my 101 x 101 Words project.
This morning I suddenly got to thinking of Thomas Brinkmann – his Variations in particular. A quick search to see what he’s up to these days took me to his latest album – filled with Hilbert patterns it turns out.
Very much an on/off music and a demonstration of what can be done within those constraints – in contrast to the recent move towards greater digital expression that Darwin Grosse covers in a recent series of interviews on his Art + Music + Technology podcast.