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YOUR BEETHOVEN MUSICAL INTERACTION

Jeffrey Breslow's avatar Jeffrey Breslow

My Submission for AP21 is my 48”x48” inch oil painting of Ludwig Van Beethoven. Behind the painting in a 2-inch narrow space is a hidden bow that contains a speaker, a patented complex circuit and a 12-volt battery. There is no cord coming from behind the painting to tip off the viewer standing in front of Beethoven. There are two radar motion sensors. When the viewer standing in front of Ludwig waves their hand swiftly form right to left the viewer activates first the left sensor and then the right. Immediately from the painting comes Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. The volume of the symphony begins loud at a level of 7. The volume is controlled by the viewer in front of the painting. If you rise your hand up on the right side, you can incrementally raise the volume. First to 8 and another raise of the hand to 9 and the blasting the symphony to 10 level. If you lower your hand on the left side of the painting, you lower the volume. YOU ARE IN TOTAL CONTROL. Another mode of the painting is to activate Beethoven’s voice talking to you in English with a German Accent.He begins is with, “I was enthusiastic about the French Revolution and shared its ideals of Freedom." Beethoven talks to you for several minutes and the painting becomes educational as well.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: 6 inches.
  • Medium: Mixed Media.
  • Width: 4feet
  • Year created: 2020
  • Height: 4feet