I used an image I took last year (underwater photography) to illustrate how I feel when I listen to my chosen song. I picked this image because of the dreamy, almost oil-painting like quality, which is the same kinda pictures I see when I think about “Montagues And Capulets” It helps tell the story of a Romance between two people, but using my ideas of Colour perception (Synesthesia) i’ve shown the romance between warm and cool colours to give the same effect. Since my chosen piece is part of a ballet which has multiple parts, I created this blurred image to stir interest, you want to see whats going on, what is going to happen, but you won’t until you hear the rest of the ballet.
When it came to doing the collage, I decided to create a digital image using images sourced from flickr.com, and my chosen text for the collage is “Dance of the Knights” – which is the alternate title of my chosen piece. I inserted the text into the image which portrays the feeling, the text is jumbled and full of motion.
The images used (5) are images that use colour and motion to convey the orchestrated and many-layered composition. The out-of-focus point approach shows the song is continuously changing, and moving, and is unpredictable, just like the play it was written for, A romance between images and text, a romance between Romeo and Juliet.
“The sun melts all of Moscow down to a single spot that, like a mad tuba, starts all of the heart and all of the soul vibrating. But no, this uniformity of red is not the most beautiful hour. It is only the final chord of a symphony that takes every colour to the zenith of life that, like the fortissimo of a great orchestra, is both compelled and allowed by Moscow to ring out.” – Wassily Kandinsky.
Perhaps the most famous work which might be thought to evoke synesthesia-like experiences in a non-synesthete audience is the Disney film Fantasia, although it is unknown if this was intentional or not. Another classical example is the use of the color organ which would project colored lights along with the musical notes, to create a synesthetic experience in the audience (Campen 2007, Jewanski & Sidler 2006).
Ave Maria (Fantasia, 1940): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6PXzzh6uM4&feature=related
Pastoral 4 (Fantasia, 1940): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWX7QIaVL5g&feature=related
The Waltz of the Flowers (Fantasia, 1940): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZ4ru5YYb3w&feature=related
Carol Steen experiences multiple forms of synesthesia, including grapheme → color synesthesia, music → color synesthesia, and touch → color synesthesia. She most often uses her music → color synesthesia and touch → color synesthesia in creating her works of art, which often involves attempting to capture, select, and transmit her synesthetic experiences into her paintings. Steen describes how her synesthetic experience during an acupuncture session lead to the creation of the painting Vision.
“I taught myself to take pictures by shooting whenever I experience a synesthetic reaction to what I see: if I experience a sensation of texture, motion or taste, I take the picture. If the reflection elicits the sound of cello, I shoot the picture. I photograph reflections on moving water. It works like this: I watch the surface of the sea until I experience one of my synesthetic responses. When I do, I trust it to be a reliable signal that tells me it is the right time to take the picture, so I click the shutter. Within the creative process, I think of my synesthetic responses as vital messengers that arrive faster than thought to deliver one urgent message which I always heed: beauty is lurking.”
– Reflectionist Marcia Smilack on her photography technique
“The painting represents the opening of the concerto for four violins. I listen to the music while I paint. First, the music gives me an optimistic, happy feeling and I perceive red, yellow, and orange colors in a great variety with little contrast. It looks like a field of these colors. I perceive the color field as a musical chord. You can compare it with the colors of a blanket or cover made of autumn leaves……The lively movements in the music become a stream of glowing shades of orange. The black structure provides cadence and reveals its significance and character. It is an indispensable foundation for the moving colors. The painting evokes my feelings again when I listen to the music again. I hear the melodies in my mind when I look at it.”
Working with my ideas of Synesthesia, I dived straight into working with colour, mixing colours, working with cool and warm colours, and what colours we (in this case, myself) perceive with different tones. I feel when it comes to creating scores, linear compositions have a greater effect and are much stronger visually in my work.
I feel the vivid colours are perhaps a little too bright for an atmospheric-seemly-dark song, but sometimes you have to think a little bit more about what you’re hearing. I’m inspired by the more famous title of this song “The Dance of the Knights” when I think of this title, it seems to be a partnership with motion, and could be seen as a dance of victory, of liberation – Hence the eratic motion of the medium on the surface – it’s unknown, unpredictible, yet there is still a sadness and beauty, was it their last dance?
I’ve decided that after doing a few more drawings on Montagues, i’m going to start working on my own score, I feel I can understand and interpret what i’m working on, and in order to do my score justice, i’m going to need to fine tune my ideas of motion and synesthesia (defined in the context of this project: is how colours have affected my judgement of sound, and how I visually create tone, pitch and mood).