POLYRHYTHMIC

For my masters degree I wanted to create a wearable form of musical notation. I focussed my research on two things: traditional musical notation and how it has developed, and artists who have historically let music influence their art. This research led me to discover the infinite variety of alternative scores and writing systems used to communicate music in a visual way. I learned about artists who have played with the rules of traditional scoring, as well at those who invented completely new ways of transcribing music. In terms of visual artists and painters who have directly attempted to transcribe music in their work, I looked  at painters such as Paul Klee, Kandinsky and Jackson Pollock for inspiration. 


Following a masterclass in writing systems, I created a system for transcribing electronic dance music using shapes and symbols based on elements of music production techniques. I then used these shapes and symbols in my work to create wearable scores for my favourite songs. Each link represents a bar of music, and the smaller details represent different aspects of the music such as the percussion, the harmonies, and vocals.

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