Jonny Mayes
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The Colour Of Sound

The Colour of Sound is an exhibition of music visualisation exploring alternative models of music-image relationship in print and video art, investigating how the boundaries of design can be challenged, both practically and theoretically, by a redefined audio-visual interaction.

Where alot of corresponding music visuals are inspired by the emotion and mood of a track, this particular study is concerned with the data side of music, and how this data correlates into a design perspective. The idea of music data producing design was the foundation of the project.

Surely if the intricacies behind the process of musical composition are wholey creative, then designs produced from the data of the music will be similarly creative, and potentially reflect this process in a colourful, abstract and interesting aesthetic format?

Wav form graphs were mapped out to distinguish the rhythm and dynamics of a song. They were then animated and set up below the prints in the exhibition.

Wav form graphs were mapped out to distinguish the rhythm and dynamics of a song. They were then animated and set up below the prints in the exhibition.

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Every note from a piece of classic music by Chopin was mapped out in order to create this graphic notation. It was also animated and set up as part of the installation as seen below.

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Frequency was also measured on these frequency charts by again mapping every note of a track to its relevant position.

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A book with explanations and deconstructions of the installations was then designed to be given out at the exhibition.

A book with explanations and deconstructions of the installations was then designed to be given out at the exhibition.

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The graphic notation pieces worked well as album covers, as can be seen here with Vivaldi's four seasons. Oddly enough the colours ended up matching the relevant season.

The graphic notation pieces worked well as album covers, as can be seen here with Vivaldi's four seasons. Oddly enough the colours ended up matching the relevant season.

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