This piece was presented at the ground breaking exhibition Fϋr Augen und Ohren in 1980. Mythical in scope, this was the first major European exhibition attempted to map international research by artists exploring relations between sound and visual art, bringing together work by John Cage, Luigi Russolo, Nam June Paik, Joe Jones, Bill Fontana, Milan Knizak, Harry Bertoia, David Tudor and Rolf Julius. Over the next 30 years Julius went on to create some of the most meaningful and moving works in the grey area between music and art, between sound and silence. Alongside Takehisa Kosugi, Terry Fox, and Akio Suzuki, he has emerged as one of the most important and influential sound artists of our time. Since the early 1980's Julius has referred to his compositions as Small Music, receiving international acclaim from those in the fields of contemporary art and music for calling the origins of sound and vision into question. Small Music not only describes Julius' approach to composition, soft and compelling sounds from simple instruments and nature, but also a way in which to view his works and ultimately the world.
Art historian Bernd Schulz once wrote, "if one recalls John Cage's central theme of "silence" then Rolf Julius is the contemporary artist who approaches him most closely." Julius' Small Music has the distinct ability to heighten our perception such that "silence" becomes a positive quality of a place and a situation, and not just an absence of sound. Whether using photographs, ink drawings, audio compositions, or subtle and sometimes almost hidden outdoor installations, Rolf Julius' works serve as catalyst, increasing our awareness of the great beauty of the world that surrounds us. Rolf Julius passed away on January 21th, 2011. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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