Tracking the movements of solar and lunar eclipses, sunrise/sunset, and moonrise/moonset for Argentina, 2009, I transcribed the positions and connecting lines into music. I was fascinated to discover that the resulting composition for flute, guitar, violin, piano and bass sounded like an avant garde Argentine tango, which made sense to me, since the eclipse is a flirtatious dance between the sun, moon and earth.

The collaged images for the eclipses, suns and moons are cropped from digitally manipulated photographs I had taken of leaves in a puddle. The soundwave patterns of the flute became elements of the composition, and the motif of cut squares references the holes found in player piano rolls.

To listen, please click on the sound button below the first image in this gallery.

Tango Eclipse Argentina
Tina Seligman Tango Eclipse Argentina Mixed Media: archival digital prints, prismacolor pencil, gloss medium, block printing ink on Rives BFK White
Tango Eclipse Argentina: 2009
2011
Mixed Media: archival digital prints, prismacolor pencil, gloss medium, block printing ink on Rives BFK White
44 by 30 inches

Music was produced on the computer -- to be recorded by musicians in the near future.
Tina Seligman Tango Eclipse Argentina
Tango Eclipse Argentina: 2009 -- DETAIL1

Tina Seligman Tango Eclipse Argentina
Tango Eclipse Argentina: 2009 -- DETAIL 2
Tina Seligman Tango Eclipse Argentina
Tango Eclipse Argentina: 2009 -- DETAIL 3

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