Odophonics

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SDAI presents Odophonics: An olfacto-sound performance by Brian Goeltzenleuchter and Sean Francis Conway, featuring Art of Élan Saturday, May 14th at 4pm.

This performance is inspired in part by Septimus Piesse, a 19th century French perfumer who introduced a vocabulary about smells, making use of musical metaphors such as "notes" (individual smells) and "chords" (combinations of notes) that are still used today in fragrance industries. In 1867 Piesse created an "Odophone:" a literal scale of smells corresponding to different pitches in Western musical notation. By his own logic, scent chords could be formed.

Using steam vapor and an industrial fan, Goeltzenleuchter introduces essences from Piesse's odophone in time with an arrangement for chamber ensemble composed by Conway and performed by Art of Élan. The musical notes played will correspond directly to the smells outlined in Piesse’s Odophone.

To purchase tickets in advance, visit: http://www.sandiego-art.org/upcoming/odophonics. We recommend arriving early and parking in the Veterans Museum parking lot off Park Blvd. Take the tram to SDAI for a pre-performance installation viewing.
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By: San Diego Art Institute

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