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The Marriage of Music and Art
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January 30, 2022 - 2:35 am
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Music and Art enrich our lives!

Human beings are naturally creative and have combined Music + Art throughout history. 

To me, musicians who choose to create their own style of playing, compose, create digital audio components, write poetry for lyrics - are ALL Artists in themselves.  AND, don't forget Luthiers who alter the shapes of instruments for better sound, projection & ergonomics - or include carvings and surface decoration. 

My definition of 'Art':

"The use of 'IMAGINATION' in creating something that can be touched, seen, heard, or tasted." 


As you can see, my definition of 'Art' (Literary, Applied, Performing, Visual, Culinary and Fine) is pretty loose. (lol) 

How can you combine other forms of 'Art' with YOUR music? 

The more you learn about anything, e.g., music, Arts & Crafts, poetry, construction, people, engineering, creative thinking, science, computer software, etc... the more mental and physical tool options you'll have to create with.  Draw on your experiences!

This applies to everything in our lives. 

Some members of our forum have composed their own music, added digital audio and wonderful photography!  I seem to recall some member videos I'd consider 'Performing Art' and a few special computer, visual effects, too. (lol) 

Playing music for recovering/convalescing is an extremely worthy gift of yourself, but also consider other ways to volunteer, e.g., talk to Artists, Art Gallery owners and small Museum Curators - or keep an eye out for small Community or public events!  Compose totally new music, or create arrangements comprised of parts of tunes to play that you feel relate to a specific Art exhibit, or event. 

This also works the other way - if you've composed a tune, try using another material to also express the meaning of it through, or just your love of music in general!

It's been my personal experience that many Artists LOVE to collaborate with others on projects to be exhibited - and all the Gallery owners I've known, in the past, would jump at the chance to add something that draws more public attention! 

Our lives are consumed by computer software and the internet, nowadays - learn all the different ways you can enhance and present your music with all this! 

"Resonant Chamber" by Animusic. 


About Animusic (Wikipedia):

According to the company's FAQ, animation is created procedurally with their own proprietary MIDI motion engine. "Discreet 3D Studio Max" was used for modeling, lighting, cameras, and rendering. Maps were painted with "Corel Painter", "Deep Paint 3D", and "Photoshop".  They have also created their own software called "ANIMUSIC Studio" that is based on scene-graph technology. According to an August 2015 newsletter, Animusic was using "Unreal Engine 4" for the production of Animusic 3.



 This is all just to keep everyone thinking - so, any more suggestions would be GREATLY APPRECIATED! 

- Emily 


Btw, I always had it in the back of my mind to find a way to add kinetic elements & music to my glass art - sadly, I had to quit before I could work on that.  There's always the possibility I might still be able to collaborate some of my visions with friends still actively working as Artists in 'cold-worked' glass.  The idea will become more plausible after my music skills & knowledge have improved, especially now that my living doesn't rely on making 'custom tailored' Art for clients.

This thread was inspired not only by the "Craft in America" video in this thread: 


BUT, also this thread, where Yann Tiersen has, inadvertently, re-kindled my love of "Circus/Calliope" music, "Karakuri/Automata" and all types of 'Mechanical Music'Learning of their tuning problems, as well as a little about makers of this music - feeling the influence on several composers is sparking more of my interest!


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January 31, 2022 - 3:59 pm
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I love opportunities to collaborate with people in other art forms. I've been involved in two different collaborations with visual artists.


One was the Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition project I did with the Socially Distant Orchestra in the first few months of 2021, which many members of this forum have already seen. For those who haven't seen it, we fully exploited the possibilities of the virtual orchestra format by combining each movement with some other art form, mostly visual art in time-lapse. This would have been impossible to do live on stage. (By the way, in November 2021, this performance won the special Quarantine Creative Award at the annual NYC Web Fest.)


The other was in a live concert in 2019, where the first piece on the program was a short piece by a local student composer synchronized with an abstract video produced by an art student.


January 31, 2022 - 5:42 pm
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@AndrewH -


I haven't seen the "Solace" video - Thank you! 

On a more personal level, ever see Art at a renown Art Fair that you are interested enough in to talk directly with the Artist?

Would you consider popping into a local Art Gallery, maybe contact an Artist who's work captures your attention & make an offer to collaborate? 

Just a side note - Gallery owners like to act as brokers, so I would suggest try to find a way to contact an Artist on your own.  Otherwise, the Gallery will usually contact the Artist, then set up a meeting & will basically make sure the Gallery can benefit from your collaboration.  It's understandable for large projects, but can take the fun out of small collaborations.

Art Associations are also GREAT ways to contact Artists.


February 1, 2022 - 11:11 pm
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very cool @AndrewH !


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Very neat, enjoyed that, 

Thank you.


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February 4, 2022 - 10:59 am
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Well done Andrew. Thanks for sharing it here.

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