Fantasia Essata

Alex Buck

  • Year of composition: 2018
  • Duration: 10:39
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium


The title of this piece is a reference to the namesake concept, coined by Leonardo da Vinci. I came across this concept reading an article by Vilem Flusser in which he explains that photographic images (or, in music, recorded sounds) are good examples of products generated by two combined realms, namely science and art. Sounds and photographic images are derived from science because cameras and audio recorders could only exist due to scientific research. Meanwhile, they can also be artistic products as long as they are used as elements of an artistic syntax. Even though the fields of science and art were not that apart during da Vinci’s time. He named this union “Fantasia Essata” — fusing both the precision and objectivity of the scientific field, and of the subjectivity and inventiveness inherent of artistic domains. I decided to name my piece after this concept, especially because I have only used recorded sounds (concrete ones) as materia prima to compose this piece.

[Source: MR 2018]