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DGMD E-12
Introduction to Creative Exploration on the Web
Harvard Extension School

Excitation

Sharon Walls

Project Details

Student

Sharon Walls

Date

Feb 2017

Project

The Bauhaus (Spring 2017)

Student Comments

"Jocular Sounds" by Wassily Kandinsky is a famous work of the Bauhaus movement. It depicts music in visual form, with abstract figures representing notes, rhythm and mood.

My P5.js work, inspired by "Jocular Sounds," is called "Excitation." The music is represented by the mixture of eighth notes on the left side of the page, as well as the rhythmic pulses of the rectangles and dashes, framing the melody at the top and bottom of the page. The conductor is an important figure, adjacent to the music itself, as he controls the show.

I took the theme of visualizing music and created an interactive scene of music. The conductor on the right is controlled by mouse clicks -- he literally loses his head at the fermata -- a long, conductor-held note -- in the music. When the music returns to a normal pace and structure, so, too, does the conductor.

I chose a color palette similar to Kandinsky's but within a tighter range of hues (red, black and blue) than the original artwork. I used the color to symbolize the mood of the conductor, who is placid until he is called into action at the fermata, and of the dissonance of the music. I used transparency to show how the musical notes mingle together, with different instruments accentuating aspects of others. I feel this is the ultimate theme of Kandinsky's work -- that disparate elements can come together to create musical (or visual) art.