SHAPES: Allemande

SHAPES: Allemande
Terry Trickett
Johann S. Bach
3'14'' video comp. colour
2014 - 2016 | London, UK
Punto y Raya Festival 2016

Shapes is based on J S Bach’s first Cello Suite arranged for solo clarinet.  Its six contrasting movements give plenty of opportunity for expressing the intrinsic relationship that exists between music and abstract imagery. 

My interpretation of each movement, either consciously or unconsciously, has been influenced by the work of abstract artists.  It is possible to glimpse, within each movement’s constantly shifting patterns, images which are familiar and identifiable. 

In Allemande, the dynamic compositions of the Russian artist, Kasimir Malevitch, come to mind.  He created his images by projecting three-dimensional forms on to a two-dimensional surface.  As it happens, this is exactly the same method that I have used, through Processing, to produce the moving images in Allemande.

The first section repeat of Allemande changes tack to create a multiplicity of rectilinear colour juxtapositions which resemble the pattern-making compositions of Giacomo Balla – an Italian Futurist who was fascinated by motion and electric light.

Shapes was first performed at ISEA 2014 held in Dubai.  A completely new edition has been prepared for Punto y Raya 2016.


The sound track is  J. S. Bach’s First Suite for Cello transcribed for clarinet by Ronald L. Caravan. Allemande, the second movement of the Suite, is performed by Terry Trickett on solo clarinet.

Terry Trickett
Terry Trickett
> Director

Ipswich, UK

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Working previously as an architect and designer, Terry Trickett has now become a Digital Artist exhibiting artworks and videos worldwide and performing ‘visual music’ at various New Media festivals and conferences. He has embraced the techniques of programming and developed methods for producing moving images as a complement to musical performance. By calling on his skills as a clarinettist, his renderings of various compositions for solo clarinet are matched by the simultaneous projection of his visual interpretations of the pieces.

Lives in London, UK.   +info

Johann S. Bach
Johann S. Bach
> Soundtrack Composer

1685 | Eisenach, Germany  / +1750

Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He enriched established German styles through his skill in counterpoint, harmonic andmotivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France. Bach's compositions include the Brandenburg Concertos, the Goldberg Variations, the Mass in B minor, two Passions, and over three hundred cantatas of which around two hundred survive. His music is revered for its technical command, artistic beauty, and intellectual depth.

Bach's abilities as an organist were highly respected during his lifetime, although he was not widely recognised as a great composer until a revival of interest in and performances of his music in the first half of the 19th century. He is now generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time.