Carlos Antonio Piñón

artist, writer, performer


"Office" appears on Miscellaneous for Now as track 3 of 5.

"Relax" appears on Miscellaneous for Now as track 4 of 5.

Office

by Carlos Antonio Piñón
January 24, 2014

"Office" is a track based on a single Excel sheet I found at my old job at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. It was a long list of yes's and no's—for what exactly, I don't remember, but I know it had creative potential.

Not long after finding this Excel sheet that I made the connection that numerical data was similar to musical data. Or, perhaps more keenly, music can be considered this way: did the note get played or not. Kind of farfetched, I know, but I decided I was going to turn this information into music somehow. I set out to give each column a musical note, and a different instrument. Using Noteflight create my composition score, if a cell said yes, I simply note a quarter note under the instrument. If a cell said no, I put a quarter note rest. Then, when I pressed play, that's when I heard a beautiful cacophony.

"Relax" is a similar track based on the same Excel sheet, only this time, I allowed all the instruments to be the same as a piano (though all of the columns still played a different note.) I had been playing around in Garageband and realized I could shift the tone, so I wondered how it would sound using this monotone track. The result sounded like a very dramatic, very mad pianist.

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Carlos Antonio Piñón

Carlos Antonio Piñón is an artist and writer examining how people interact with words and language. His main interests include nonfiction essays, artists' books, and databending sonification. Carlos holds an BFA with an Emphasis in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is currently pursuing an MFA in Nonfiction Writing at Columbia College Chicago.