Holger Lund. “Visual Music,” in: Cornelia Lund, Holger Lund (eds.). An den Rändern des Films—Vom Lichtspiel bis zum Filmtanz, 2006, www.fluctuating-images.de/files/images/pdf/Visual_Music_engl.pdf
A new audiovisual discipline has conquered the raves, the clubs, the parties and concerts, but also galleries and museums over the last several years, combining filmic images and music in a public space. For an initial attempt to define this discipline, we might call it “visual music.” This text tries to outline a definition of the new phenomenon.
The basic layout here is that visuals, mostly sequences of digital video, are performed live and in real-time to the music of DJs or musicians within an environment.
It is not easy to define the exact moment in its historical development when the visualization of music became visual music. The text examines the major phases of this development, while also taking into consideration the present situation and possible future evolutions.