DIVA: ReDux

  • Dates & Times

    • Thursday, April 30
      8:00pm - 9:30pm
    • Friday, May 1
      8:00pm - 9:30pm
    • Saturday, May 2
      8:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Location

    QI Courtyard

  • Event Type

    Installation

  • Artists

    Stefani Byrd

    Amy Alexander

Utilizing the performance of an operatic singer, DIVA:ReDux showcases the considerable power of music to speak directly to emotions without the need for a shared linguistic language. The project combines the elements of the recorded performance and the software to create a heightened visual experience. Custom software analyzes the vocal pitch of the singer and changes the color of the video in response to create a simulated sound to color synesthetic experience. Synesthesia is a condition where ā€œstimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway.ā€

Songs for the piece were selected for their weight in expressing emotions such as love, sorrow, joy, and grief. The scale and close up of the face, one of the most expressive parts of the body, is meant to better connect the viewer to the emotions expressed by the music and the performance.The project is a digital, re-contextualized, and democratized outdoor opera.

Featuring original recordings of Operatic Soprano Andrea Green

Video with Pitch to Color Analyzing Custom Software and Shaped Screen
2013