"Soundstitching is an interdisciplinary, multimedia project that transforms color from a hand-stitched image into a musical composition that can be interpreted by a musician and/or performance artist. The result is an organic combination of three forms of art into one collaborative, multisensory experience."
The hand-stitched threads are read from the left to right, top to bottom and are organized into a color map pattern. The color map is used to create a methodical line drawing to show the order in which the colors are to be played in the musical composition. The color map and the line drawing can be used to compose the hand-stitch’s song in collaboration with the color scale that originally fits the piano in the key of C major scale. The process allows for a representational image to have it’s own unique song associated with it, while giving a traditional form of art, such as hand-stitching, another way to communicate through aleatoric music and graphic notation.
I have used the piano as a tool to perform the original music composition. I do not consider myself a musician, as I am not classically trained. I am interested in creating a dialogue between two different forms of art, by translating color into sound that is inspired by familiar imagery.
The project allows me to communicate through an experimental approach to creating visual and performing art, as I work through the process of composing music through a hand-stitched image. Soundstitching provides a multiple media platform that unifies visual art and music.
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