Generating Rhythmic Graphic Patterns and Paul Klee's Concept of the Active Line

Maden S.

LEONARDO, vol.54, no.6, pp.657-662, 2021 (AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 54 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1162/leon_a_01826
  • Journal Name: LEONARDO
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, IBZ Online, Periodicals Index Online, Art Abstracts, Art Index, Art Source, Index Islamicus, INSPEC, International Bibliography of Art, MLA - Modern Language Association Database, Music Index, Philosopher's Index
  • Page Numbers: pp.657-662
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Most studies that investigate auditory influence on visual design scenarios disregard the inherent temporal nature of sonic entities. This article addresses problems posed in the interaction of multiple data types-e.g. the visual representation of musical data-and the ways in which one type of information may shape another in simultaneous generations. The author's proposed method for analogy takes advantage of the structural organization behind several rhythmic sequences to generate visual geometric patterns in which the temporal characteristics of the former affect the spatial features of the latter. The structural analysis of auditory rhythms shows that similar cyclical organizations also exist in their geometric correspondents.