Frozen Music: Transforming Melodies Into 3D Sculptures

Published on April 15, 2024 by Madeleine P.
Frozen Music

The “Frozen Music” project is pushing the boundaries of artistic creation by transforming music into 3D-printed sculptures. This collaboration between the Gävle Symphony Orchestra, Austrian designer Julia Körner and curator Andreas Vierziger offers a unique sensory experience that combines the auditory and visual senses.

The process of creating the sculptures consists of analyzing the music using special software and converting it into digital data. This data is then used to create 3D models that capture the essence of the melody, rhythm and harmony of the piece of music. In this way, 3D printing can be used to add a new dimension to the music.

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3D image of the Suite Boulogne Opus 32 by Bo Linde

As part of the “Frozen Music” project, three unique 3D-printed sculptures were created, each inspired by a different piece of music:

  • Serenade No. 1 in D major, Op. 11, Fifth movement, Scherzo. Allegro by Johannes Brahms: This sculpture with thick, dynamic radial forms visually captures the rapid tempo changes in the Serenade. Complex microstructures on the surface symbolize nature and the richness of detail in the melody.
  • Third movement of the Suite Boulogne Op. 32 by Bo Linde: Inspired by the gentle sounds of the flute, this piece features soft, flowing geometries that reflect the calm and serenity of the piece.
  • Djefvulsdansen (The Devil’s Dance) by Symphonic Stomp of Sweden: The flowing and dynamic form of the sculpture is reminiscent of the musical energy brought in by the rhythm of the bagpipes.
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The music Djefvulsdansen (Dance of the Devil) by Symphonic Stomp of Sweden is visualized through additive manufacturing.

Using 3D Printing to Bring “Frozen Music” to Life

The “Frozen Music” project is the result of a unique collaboration between Julia Körner, the Gävle Symphony Orchestra and Andreas Vierziger, whose complementary skills were crucial in bringing the project to life.

Julia Körner, a renowned Austrian designer specializing in 3D printing, brings her unique expertise to the collaboration on the Frozen Music project. Körner is internationally recognized for her innovations in design and has worked on a variety of world-renowned projects, from collaborations with film studios such as Marvel to collaborations with luxury fashion houses such as Chanel and top designer Iris Van Herpen.

With her wide-ranging experience and mastery of the latest technologies, Julia Körner brings the creative vision and technical expertise essential to transforming music data into expressive 3D sculptures. Her ability to merge art and technology proves crucial to the process of creating sculptures that capture the essence of each piece of music.

Julia Koerner

Austrian designer Julia Körner has managed to give music “shape” with the help of 3D printing

On the other hand, the Gävle Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1912, is an important pillar of the Swedish music scene. Driven by an undeniable passion for music and guided by a commitment to artistic excellence, the orchestra consists of 52 dedicated musicians who explore a repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary music with tireless curiosity.

The orchestra played an important role in the “Frozen Music” project, not only by providing the pieces of music used as a source of inspiration, but also by helping to analyze and translate these compositions into digital data. Thanks to this fruitful collaboration, the orchestra is taking an innovative path by exploring new artistic terrain and expanding the horizons of musical expression.

Andreas Vierziger, curator and expert in digital art, also played a decisive role in bringing together the various players in the project and ensuring the artistic coherence of the whole.

Thanks to this, “Frozen Music” is an innovative way of rediscovering and exploring the art of music by combining it with sculpture and new technologies. It is a demonstration of the possibilities of additive manufacturing that allows viewers to see the music, feel its vibrations and understand its structure in an innovative way.

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