ARTIST BLACK MUSIC
The Digital Seven Inch Series
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ABMSS009 - Ronnie Cramer - Study after Velazquez's Portrait of Pope Innocent X
In 1953, painter Francis Bacon reworked a famous portrait by Diego Velazquez and created a distorted masterpiece that the Bulfinch Guide to Art History called "a screaming mask of angst." Bacon had previously explored the same subject in Head VI (1949) and other paintings in the "screaming pope" series. The following sound-art work by Ronnie Cramer was created by converting image data (from a JPG of the painting) into an audio data stream and running it through a battery of 1980s-90s synthesizers and effects units.