Carleton music professor Nikki Melville and an interdisciplinary ensemble of students performed at the “Visual Learning: Transforming the Liberal Arts” conference held at Carleton this fall. In “Sound and Vision,” Melville played six piano pieces accompanied by 24 students who interpreted the music through dance, film, computer graphics, poetry, and visual art.
“Not everyone went the ‘literal route,’ ” says computer science major Eli Kamin ’13 (Minneapolis), who used an Xbox Kinect to create a visualization of three students dancing to “The Horizon from Owhiro Bay” by Gareth Farr (see left).
Melville says the performance sparked students to think creatively. “In the end, it didn’t feel like my piano recital,” she says. “It felt more like I was the glue holding all these amazing artistic ideas together.”