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Digital Harmony: On the Complementarity of Music and Visual Art Hardcover – May 1, 1980

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 235 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Inc.,US; 1st edition (May 1, 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007070015X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070700154
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,209,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Asserting that, a universal harmony unified all things, John Whitney envisioned our future in his book Digital Harmony (1959), writing that:
"The future of Society: the way we communicate, learn and entertain ourselves lay in making pictures that move, images created by cameras and computers and displayed on a computer screen."
- John Whitney, 1959
By the late nineteen forties, John and his brother Jim Whitney had already set themselves to the task of building our New World of Interactive Multimedia. Thirty years before audiences would be titillated by the strange electronic sounds of the MOOG synthesizer or pass through the "psychedelic Star Gate" of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, the Whitney's were experimenting with "artificial" music, accompanied by abstract images they created with an analog camera control system. Together, they established the stepping stones across which subsequent generations have traveled to reach the summit; photo real Computer Generated Images.
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I first read this book in 1978, and it has guided my artistic work ever since. I have employed Whitney's theory of visual harmony in all aspects of my work, which you can see at [...]
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