The Artistic Precepts in Multimedia Works: Nikolai Popov and Todor Pozarev (on the Example of “Martellato” and “Artra”)


The integration of electronic music and visual imagery has led to the emergence of a new phenomenon in the music —  a multimedia composition. One of the authors working in this field is the Moscow composer N. Popov. The chief video artists he works with are Italian E. Quinn and Serb T. Pozarev, each one with his original aesthetics. The present article chooses for examination the art of Pozarev, standing at the origins of some compositions by Popov, including one of his best works at the present time —  “Artra”. In the aesthetic precepts of Pozarev there is an active principle of dissymmetry inherent to him in his visual art, as well as incorporation of the elements of reality in abstract visual imagery; in the construction of form there is a direction given by the “dynamic intensity” of the rhythm, providing an organic unity for the work pertaining to several arts.
So far Pozarev has carried out three projects together with Popov: “Martellato,” “Artra” and “Erwartung” (“Expectation”). In “Martellato” the composer makes use of harsh textures (and aperiodic rhythm), realizing his philosophical precept: the entire physical world may serve as material for music. In “Artra” he turns to his favorite theme of the Cosmos, quoting the fragment from Stravinsky from the gilded disc of the “Voyager-1” sent beyond the solar system.