Tides of Venice Music Examples

Composed by Marty Quinn
©2004 Quinn Arts
Design Rhythmics Sonification Research Lab
92 High Rd
Lee , NH 03824


Excerpt from Nov 3, 2002 to Nov 23, 2002


Regular Tide on Nov 3-4. (first arrow)

Music: veniceregulartide1103-1104.mp3
Data: venicedata2regulartide2short.csv

Strong Winds Contribute to High Tide on Nov 14-18. (second arrow)

Music: venicehightide1114-1118.mp3
Data: venicedata2hightideshort.csv

The Data to Music Mapping.

The flute pitch is the direction of the wind. 0 degrees is low pitch 360 is highest.

The french horn pitch is the temperature of the wind. (3 octaves)

The lush string section in middle octaves expresses the tidal level as pitch, lower tides = lower pitches, higher tides = higher pitches. (at least two octaves)

Another string section in higher octave (1 octave) expresses the humidity, this is doubled with tympany hits whose volume expresses the humidity. So when there is high humidity, you should be hearing a drum roll softly in the background.

Yet another dramatic string section in a lower octave expresses the pressure as pitch, lower pressure = lower notes, higher pressure = higher notes. The pressure is also expressed in the music by a change of scale. Four scales compose the range from major when the pressure is high, to minor - almost middle eastern - when the pressure is low.  The sitar sound that comes and goes, comes and goes with the velocity of the wind, when strong, you hear the sitar more. When the wind is soft, the sitar is quiet. The pan of the sitar expresses the direction of the wind, and the pitch of the sitar matches the pitch of the French horn and expresses the temperature of the wind.

When the pressure changes, another ceremonial tympany drum is struck at the same pitch as the low strings to call attention to the fact the pressure is changing in some way. The low strings then sustain the value of the pressure, providing an audio contextual element underneath the melodies of the tides, directions, and temperature.