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Audio-Visual Relationships in Web-based Sound Art

All music has a visual component to it. Whether it is a musician playing an instrument, a music video, a sound installation, or a laptop with spotify open, there is no sound that exists without some sort of visual connection to it. The term ‘audiovisual’, when describing art, does not suggest that the work provides visuals to an otherwise typically non-visible art form. Rather, audiovisual art proposes that its visual and auditory parts are more or less equally in the foreground of the work’s experience. Audiovisual art, in this definition, finds a particularly rich medium in the web – unlike an acoustic musical performance, most relationships between sound and visuals on the web must be consciously programmed by the author, if they are to exist at all.

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