Patterns from Nature

Immersive music & visual performance by composer Quinsin Nachoff.

This ambitious project initiated by composer Quinsin Nachoff in collaboration with Physicist Stephen Morris involves developing a multimedia work exploring emergent patterns from nature; Quinsin Nachoff is wrote score for a modern chamber orchestra with unique improvisers that bridges the jazz and classical worlds. Four movements resonate natural branches, cracks, flow and ripples. Each movement was assigned to a film maker who created visuals to accompany one of the 4 assigned movements: branches, flow, cracks and ripples.

Udo was assigned to work with the theme of ripples and has been exploring a data base of recorded ice formations that Stephen Morris has been working on for many years. He named his research project the Icicle Atlas. Next to this, Morris has also been exploring Faraday wave experiments,  which form a second layer of inspiration for the visual design that Udo will incorporate in the film that accompanies 4th Movement of the piece. We have been using this inspiration to create reactive animation via software Touchdesigner. Data sets and midi files motorize the different laters of animation.

The premiere of Patterns from Nature was held at Hunter College, New York City.

Some images from the film

Rehearsal & Performance at Hunter College, New York City (USA) & Isabel Bader Theater, Toronto (Canada).


Composer: Quinsin Nachoff
Filmmakers:  Udo Prinsen, Gita Blak, Lee Hutzulak and Tina de Groot;
In my film I used footage from the Icicle Atlas (based on Antony Chen’s data);  (the Atlas) and
Peter Le (Faraday video experiments)

Exhibit & Performance

Hunter College, New York, 16/10/2023 (premiere)
Toronto Isabel Bader Theatre 4/11/2023
Artist talks [link]


Quinsin Nachoff
Stephen Morris · Icicle Atlas
Patterns from Nature
Hunter College