Let Your Fingers Do the Walking

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Pianographique is the interactive, multi-sensory brainchild of Jean-Luc Lamarque, and on my shortlist of most engrossing net artworks ever. It maps short audio-visual loops to various keyboard keys. As the user types, she composes an abstract video along with its score. These live "performances" may then be saved online for others to view. The core engine supports several different modules, each in its own musical genre ranging from jazz to industrial. My current favorite module is 'sudden stories,' an orchestral collage of Asian intrigue. Drama never sounded so good. - Curt Cloninger