Montagues and Capulets – The First Score

•April 15, 2010 • Leave a Comment

With my first attempt at trying to convey a sound into a visual image, I decided to go with the most uncontrolled way of applying a medium to a surface. I used Indian Ink in different quantities to portray the rise and fall of the music, the quiet and loud and the powerful and weak dropped from various heights.

I chose firstly to do it in black ink before trying colour because I felt like I needed to get a firm idea of how to the apply ink to get the desired effect, and what kind of space considerations I’d need, a result of my first score is that it longer than two metres of paper. I’ve decided in more drawings of Montagues and Capulets to compress the drawings down to a smaller scale, (although it can be argued that an orchestrated piece is considered an epic) to do the full song justice, the bigger score is just too big.

After learning these various points, i’ve decided after this first score to move onto colour, to work with my ideas of Synesthesia, and colour associations.

How i’m going to express how I hear/see my chosen sound:

•April 13, 2010 • Leave a Comment

When it comes to expressing my chosen sound on paper/digitally, i’m very interested in working with colour and shape.
Montagues and Capulets is a very dark, atmospheric piece, and the challenge of creating images that run parallel with the ideas in the composition is very attractive.

I’ve chosen to do a mixture of 1/2 Digital graphical representations, and 1/2 physical paper/collage/drawings – perhaps in later stages I will mix the two to create my own composition.

So, in choosing to work with colour, i’m working with ideas of Synesthesia and movement, motion and how fate deals with perception.

If needed, I will work towards a suitable colour palette, and at this stage, the images have no fixed size. But when it comes to my composition for my own sound work, scale of drawings will need to be considered to create a sound long enough. Different colours will compliment different sounds and tones, sizes of lines, splodges, and dots etc.

Moving Image – Alexander Rutterford

•April 11, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Alex Rutterford is a British director and graphic designer working mostly on music videos. He studied graphic design at the Croydon School of Art and graduated in 1991. He started his professional career by designing graphics on sets for films such as Judge Dredd. He was a member of the design team lost in space where he worked as CG artist and creative director. Nowadays he is repped by production companies RSA and Black Dog, the promo division of RSA.

His most well-known works include the videos for “Gantz Graf” by Autechre, “Verbal” by Amon Tobin and “Go to Sleep” by Radiohead. Lesser known is the unofficial video he created for the Autechre track “Eutow” as part of the Channel 4 music programme Lo-fi in 2001. His short film work includes Sound Engine, an early study made for onedotzero2 set to an Autechre song; 3space, again specially made for onedotzero and set to the overture of Mozart‘s The Marriage of Figaro; and Monocodes. All these films and videos consist of 3D computer generated imagery, and feature visuals that follow the rhythm of the music very closely. These works were produced during his time at lost in space in the case of the onedotzero works as lost in space films.

Rutterford also designed the cover for the Autechre albums Draft 7.30 and Untilted, as well as the booklet and menu for Chris Cunningham‘s Directors Label DVD. In addition to this he worked as graphics designer on two music videos directed by Cunningham, namely Björk‘s “All Is Full of Love (1999), and Squarepusher‘s “Come On My Selector” (1998) for which he created the video screens. He also did the camerawork, together with Rob Bliss, for Cunningham’s Rubber Johnny.

His works have appeared in onedotzero film festivals, DVD releases, and the book onedotzero Motion Blur published by Laurence King, lovebytes, and several other digital film DVD compilations.” – WIKIPEDIA.ORG

The Cremaster Cycle (The Cremaster 3)

•April 10, 2010 • Leave a Comment

“American visual artist and filmmaker Matthew Barney is best known for his epic Cremaster Cycle, a project consisting of five feature length films and related sculptures, photographs, drawings, and artist’s books. The Cremaster Cycle was made over a period of eight years (1994-2002) and culminated in a major museum exhibition organized by Nancy Spector of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City, which traveled to the Museum Ludwig in Cologne and the Musée d’art Moderne in Paris from 2002-03. Barney’s longtime collaborator Jonathan Bepler composed and arranged the soundtracks for the films.”

– Wikipedia.org


The Cremaster 3 (2002) (Notes taken from Wikipedia.org.)

  • Cremaster 3 (2002) is set in New York City and narrates the construction of the Chrysler Building, which is in itself a character – host to inner, antagonistic forces at play for access to the process of (spiritual) transcendence.
  • They are reenacting the Masonic myth of Hiram Abiff, purported architect of Solomon’s Temple, who possessed knowledge of the mysteries of the universe. The murder and resurrection of Abiff are reenacted during Masonic initiation rites as the culmination of a three-part process through which a candidate progresses from the first degree of Entered Apprenticeship to the third of Master Mason.

Chosen sound: “Montagues And Capulets” – Sergei Prokofiev.

•April 10, 2010 • Leave a Comment

My Chosen Sound:

Montagues and Capulets (also known as “Dance of the Knights“) is an orchestral score composed by Sergei Prokofiev. and is famously from Act I, Scene 2 of the original Romeo and Juliet ballet.

I chose this piece as a base for my project drawing initial drawings because it is a dark and atmospheric piece. The rise and fall of the instruments creates dark blurred shapes, then follows through with sharp, strong notes.

The Residents

•April 10, 2010 • Leave a Comment

The Residents, are an America avant-garde and visual arts group, active since 1969.

Quick Notes:

  • Have released over sixty albums
  • numerous music videos
  • short films
  • DVDs
  • Conceal their identities from the public, so they appear silent and costumed.
  • Polarizing critical opinion and mostly eluding mainstream recognition.
  • Their albums are often complex conceptual pieces, composed around a theme, theory or plot, and are noted for surrealistic lyrics and disregard for standard Western pop music composition.
  • When they began, the group purchased crude recording equipment and instruments and began to make tapes, refusing to let an almost complete lack of musical proficiency stand in the way.

Official Residents Youtube page:

Lucky Dargons Meta Equivalent (hawksandsparrows.org)

•April 10, 2010 • Leave a Comment

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