Announcing a new book on Thomas Wilfred

From: Michael Betancourt (email suppressed)
Date: Sat Jan 21 2006 - 06:45:16 PST

New book on visual music is now available:

Thomas Wifred's Clavilux
Borgo Press, 2006
edited by Michael Betancourt
140 pages; paperback; $24.95

This anthology brings together the few essays on Lumia that were published
during Thomas Wilfred's lifetime. Wilfred, an artist who experimented with a
form of visual music he called "Lumia" developed an entire aesthetic system
that could either be performed live, or set-up as an automatic display. His
instrument, the Clavilux, was subject of several patents, collected along
with images from Opus 161. Together these essays, the patents, and selected
images provide a clear description of Lumia, what Wilfred described as "the
eighth art." Of particular interest in this collection are Wilfred's
comments and observations about the difference between his lumia and film.

Included in this volume:
"Light and the Artist"
Correspondence with Edwin M. Blake
"Composing in the Art of Lumia"
7 patents on the Clavilux and related devices
17 images from Opus 161, courtesy of Eugene Epstein

Michael Betancourt
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