A discussion of relationships between marks made on a canvas and their respective sounds. An extract can be viewed below:
Form, Colour and Time
'Is it a painters palette'?
If differing frequencies of sound create variations in colour, a likeness can be made with the process of painting.Their placement on the canvas in space, creates a two dimensional relationship between them. Their form in relation to one another implies a third dimension. Inclusion of time adds the fourth dimension and this is where the analogy becomes unstuck. The musical experience, not only relates to spectrum but also to time.*
* "The apparently clear and justifiable division: painting-space (plane). music-time". ("Point & Line To Plane" by Wassily Kandinsky (p.34), published by Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation).
A story is directly influenced by the style of writing;
indirectly by the text it is written in and the voice that reads it.
A film is purposefully influenced by the images setting a specific scene.
A painting is in-directly influenced by the actual pictoral nature of itself.
Poetry, Sculpture, Architecture and Dance also have these distractions.
Within the arts, music is free from the constrictions of reality with very few in-direct influences for the listener.
To the listener the imagination is unlimited when hearing a musical piece. No pre-determined images are available to relate to, so each and every listener creates a world of their own, specific to that piece. However this has the opportunity to vary with each hearing, as the mood of the listener varies.
Types of sounds and their respective qualities
The point can be likened to . or 0 (zero).
In text it serves as the end. Silence.
It is a shock or a jolt that brings us out of our current habitual flow.
It stands on its own as an independent being, breaking out of the space it is in.
It is always juxtaposed to its surroundings.
As the space a point sits in increases, the impact of that point decreases.
It is concentrated matter all falling on one point in space or time.
Only when it is subordinated does it grow a purpose and its inner attributes become clearer.
In music it is the initial collision of the tool with the sound making instrument.
As the size of the point increases so it becomes more powerful.
The point is assumed to be small and round, but can be an unlimited number of shapes. It can take on the shape of a square, triangle or a multitude of irregularities.
These shapes could draw similarities with waveforms in synthesis, (see later notes on synthesis).
Depending on the instrument making the point, it will vary in tone and texture. The more irregular and textural the point becomes the more we see its constituents.
If a point is placed in a plane/timespace its importance varies according to the plane/timespace around it.
If placed central to the plane two sounds are produced but only one is audible as the sound of the plane is too slight to be noticeable.
If placed nearer to the edge of that plane/timespace the double sounds are heard. (The point and the plane around it or the plane and then the point).
Repetition or vibration of the one point gives rise to a basic rhythm and harmony in all art forms. We have an urge to feel at home with repetition or rhythm from early life and upbringing next to our mother's heart.
Groups of points. Nature. The whole world is a point made up of many smaller compositions.
Note the fifth dimension. The point placed at any point in the plane/timespace is played from one or several points in a three dimensional space. The position of the listener in that space and its acoustics influence the experience further.
Written by Experimenter En Couleur
(To be completed with notes on Granular points, Line/Sustain/Movement/Tension, Composition, Intuition in realisation of art).