Rotary Notation

"Rotary Notation" is a new form of music notation created using a systematic rule set. The pieces you see here were generated from traditional piano sheet music. Each form's title refers to the composer, the piece, and the measure numbers from which the data were derived. The outermost paths (ignoring the unchanging outer circle present in all four pieces) represent the treble clef note intervals, while the inner paths represent the movements of the bass notes. The center symbol refers to the original musical key of the piece, and the circled points along the paths indicate flats/sharps/accidentals. The figure is "read" by starting at 0 degrees and traveling counter-clockwise. The closed circular form imposes a limitation on the amount of musical information that can be used and results in a looped phrase.

About These Pieces

These pieces were created using a hybrid intaglio/vinyl printing method. Each measures 9"x12" not counting the borders.

Fr. Chopin, Op. 28, No. 15, M1-4 (2011)

Fr. Chopin, Op. 28, No. 15, M28-31 (2011)

Rimsky-Korsakov, Flight of the Bumblebee, M9-16 (2011)

Beethoven, Sonata No. 8, M1-8 (2011)

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My name is Bryan Ruhe. As a 2013 BA graduate of the Creative Media and Digital Culture (CMDC) program at Washington State University Vancouver, I have the command of various software and hardware tools, creative thinking skills, artistic talent, and teamwork abilities that are required for turning concepts into design realities.

My background in coding (HTML, CSS, jQuery) and extensive use of Adobe software combined with my involvement in music and the fine arts make me a versatile and well-rounded individual. I have made use of my skills to complete a variety of client projects and to create successful brands and graphic identities including my personal record label, Clothbound Recordings.

I currently reside in La Center, Washington, about thirty minutes north of Portland, Oregon.

My other interests include hybrid media, book binding, vinyl records, board games, hiking, and magnetic audio tape.

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All content © Bryan Ruhe