Richard Hassell

Musica Aperiodica II
Edition #8 of 12

  • Conservation Pigment Ink print on Bamboo Awagami Washi paper
  • 118 x 84 cm
    (46.46 x 33.07 in)
  • Richard Hassell
  • From Musica Aperiodica II

This design has a very different music to the previous version. Here the density is very uneven, and the rings bunch together or space out more widely, seemingly at random. Floating polyhedra are placed at the same ring condition, to highlight the diverse and irregular conditions within the circle. The music of this sphere is weird and dissonant!

This design is based on a 7-fold quasicrystal tiling, using 3 sizes of rhombs. The arrangement is produced by substitution, and is completely procedural, despite its random looking effect. The floating cubes are placed in the rings which demonstrate the same overlapping conditions, their locations highlight the complexity of the layout. Despite the lack of any internal symmetry, the surprise is the boundary condition - the edge profile demonstrates 7-fold symmetry, just as discordant notes can resolve into harmony at the end of a piece of music.

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