Music Research Concept Paper incl. Colour Organ Akiko Abe Graphic Design and New Media Research Targets Things to investigate
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Discuss with teachers for inside topics. If the book is too difficult, ask help.
To understand the context of minimal music and major composers in the field
To learn and develop musical thinking and making in a creative way
To investigate the relationship between music and mathematics
Because I am not sure if I have the third ear, though I do have the third eye
To look through some major composers’ profiles for background knowledge
Because I adore this book
For others, also approach to poems. Reading voice is my favourite sound source.
Check specially those in which music is powerful in evoking certain feelings
to the audience or giving impact to its storytelling. As this is connected to
films survey in Primary Research, I choose works from those in the research.
This time, because the works vary and extensive, all the notes will be taken
in one format based on my work structure model. I am now formatting this.
This work is supposed to be made with Flash based on the transplant of my
previous work [am] from Director’s lingo codes. Details are in later pages.
This activity will be done by Easter break. (if be late, until the end of the break)
This is the temporary goal of this research but I am not sure if I can reach, for I extended the
research very much. Constantly watched by tutors and if cannot handle for myself, ask help.
Saving time and scceleration by learning efficiently is the key.
A little bored of such visual… wondering what should be best…
I need some twist… currently almost no idea. Please help.
Iwai’s work is a transformation of
drawing into sound scapes, rather
than a colour organ which is similar to
a real musical instrument.
It produces various simple-shaped
figures which are coloured according
to their relevant pitches sent from the
console and went through the dot grid
As seen in the work, it stands on the
paradigm that one (or more) octave(s)
are distributed to rainbow colours,
I am personally still in wonder if
colours should be shared by every
pitch equally, without a bias.
This is more like a graphic
equalizer. Its sound is
similar to that of
a hammond organ but is
ambient and beautiful,
depending on the user’s
The user can slide each bar
and create the overall
texture of the organ’s
sound, according to the
author, Pitaru. And we can
see the polygon placed in
the centre of the screen
changing its shape.
This is also rainbow-coloured and similar in
the concept as Iwai’s work. The weaving starts
from the centre and spirally goes outwards.
The difference from the previous two cases
is that it has its trace of playing music as a
woven tapestry, although it lacks information
of each note’s duration.
It has three tones; accordion, trumpet and
piano, which are different in its colour tones
in the screen. The switching key position is
fixed but hidden. So is every colour-sound key.
The weaving visual is made
inspired by simple meias
weaving and very popular
Japanese girls’ toy “Lily-yarn,”
which almost all Japanese
around my age have seen it at
least once in their childhood.
A fancy knitting product by Hamanaka,
based on Lily-yarn
If you play it by your visual curiosity, tapestries may be like them.
If you play it by your musical curiosity, then tapestries are..
Each sound x 4 for one octave
Edel Weiss (Accordion)
Chiisana Konomi (Trumpet)
Originally the aria in “La Jolie Fille de Perth” by Bizet
Blue does not seem like being attached to a specific colour as stably as red - C,
green - F/Fsharp or magenta - A.
Where is blue? Where should it be? Or it should be everywhere? Nowhere?
And it changes the colour tones as well (next page)
I would rather do this!
Basically, development in interface using other devices costs high and needs advanced engineering
knowledge and experience, therefore, it is often a collaboration with a manufacturing company.
Maybe many of Music or New Media Department in various universities are doing similar projects.
But I don’t know who is doing what, especially in England, outside Japan.
High-IQ projects in science
Sound Tapestry is one of my past
works, which shares the weaving
algorithm partially and the sound
set with O - [am].
It was a school project using
Director, which we newly learned,
and I made it with the inspiration
given by early 80s video games.
In Sound Tapestry, the player can choose instruments
for each hand separately before playing, and colour
weaving is done from the most left upper corner of
the screen. The sound source is the same set as [am]’s.
[am] has its breakthru on the cross point of a creative
motivation towards a toy for celebrating children and
the reflection that this sound set suits better for healthy
visuals rather than the video-game atmosphere.
But this time, I really want to renew the sound set.
Please give me any suggestion about this research project and if you need, please use this keyboard map.