Abstract: For this project, I plan to utilize the themes of universal language in music and visual art. Music and visual art both similar in that even if one does not speak or able to read a certain language, they can both be appreciated in a similar fashion. To illustrate this theme, I plan to paint on vinyl albums in reaction to different types of music. The choice of music will be sourced from the group discussion on Moodle. I will ask the class for music genres and subgenres. I will then plug these into Pandora, to randomize it a bit. I will then react to the music as so on the album. Each individual piece will be labeled as the time of the piece (e.g. 3:05) to disassociate the work with established meaning (genre/song title/artist etc.). I intend to sixteen (as a minimum) in order to hang them on a wall in a square. This is also usually how many tracks are on a CD/album.\
Relevance: As an artist I have been experimenting with abstracted forms and this would mark a unique change in my artistic approach to my work. Based on past experiences I have found that vinyl works ideally with acrylic paint. Like visual art, music and words have the power to move people. But without understanding what is being said or written, it can lead to a disconnect among others. Early forms of communication were represented visually through hieroglyphics and cave drawings. Stories of tribes and people were told through song and dance. As we evolved into our own different cultures, there was a development of language. In the article “How Brains See Music as a Language” published February 19, 2014 to The Atlantic, scientists believe the brain is wired to process acoustic systems, like music, that would be more complicated than speech. The article interviews Charles Limb, an otolaryngological surgeon at Johns Hopkins who believes it is unlikely that the brain has evolved past the spoken form of communication so there must be a connection between the two. The goal of this project is to illustrate this connection in its visual form.
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