Pianist Transposes a Selfie into an Eerie Experimental Composition

There is no current shortage of musicians taking the experimental route within Classical music these days. And since many are still spending more and more time at home practicing to pass the time, some have decided to change things up a bit with certain unconventional methods of composition. John Prevedini, a pianist, had the idea to take a selfie and then proceed with notating it into a musical score. He placed the contours of the notes across three lines of double-staved sheet music and matched the contours of his face to it.

Using a single mode (with no accidentals or key changes), the piece has a wonderful mood of stillness, contemplation and calm. Just like a relaxed weekend front-facing camera pic in your favourite café. Hear it in the video above.

Graphical representations on scores have quite an interesting history. A 14th-century love song, Chanson Belle Bonne Sage was notated in the shape of a heart. In his passions, some have observed J.S. Bach using the shape of notes to form a symbol of the cross. American composer Geoge Crumb and other composers of the 20th century took visual scores to another level entirely.

John seems to partake in lots of other interesting and inventive projects. You can find more on his Facebook page and website. We love the sound of your smile, John!

See the score below:


Selfie, by John Dante Prevedini. Picture: John Dante Prevedini