Please describe the genesis of this project.
Ever wonder what it would be like to see music? That was the starting premise to this collaborative project between artists when first approached by the Jacksonville Symphony. The end result is a fusion of visual arts and music, brought to life both through a large-scale projection of tailor-made media and music by the Jacksonville Symphony's chamber orchestra.
What ideas went into producing the imagery, its palette, and its movement?
Sheila and I had collaborated on a piece together last year called System in which the images of coral was used. That project lead to the discussion of how in a performance the energy that moves from the conductor to the musicians, and then from the musicians to the audience, reminded us of tidal currents. That is what brought us to us the imagery we chose. For the Glass pieces we used colors, oceans waves, and more, since this body of work was the brightest in terms of its sound, it is brightest in its palette. However, for the Bach pieces, we move from water images transitioning to land and then to sky as this Cantata is about death. Berg is an atonal composer, so after researching his methodology, we discovered that an atonal scale uses twelve notes per octave rather than the traditional eight-note scale. We then decided to use a twelve-color palette and create all secondary colors from blending the twelve.
The movement for each piece is based on the time measurement of each piece. Edits and movement are following the timing of each composer. It was a complex process, but we felt the end result far outweighed the difficulty.