Algerian Sands 2

A performance of Chopin’s Prelude Opus 28 no. 23 in F Major by Rafal Blechacz


A Brief Statement on Algerian Sands 2
Algerian Sands 2 is the second among three works so far that incorporate the colors of satellite images of Algeria with music. NASA EROS Center showcases satellite images of Earth in its Earth as Art collections and I have become particularly interested in their Algerian images. Algeria has inland sand dunes which create ripples that are often portrayed in the images flowing horizontally from dune to dune and on out to the harder rock near the coast. This effect looked musical to me, like music would push forward through time from beginning to end. The Chopin Prelude that this work is based on is persistently in the same key, with a repetitious theme that rapidly moves toward a vanishing point. The landscape from dunes to shore moves precisely in the same way. You can see the EROS image I used in this painting on the NASA EROS website.