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Visual Music: Synaesthesia in Art and Music since 1900, a book published by Thames and Hudson

From: art reviews
Category: Books
Date: 28 April 2005


The title is a pleasure to type out. Music makes abstract painting is the usual equation. Most artists I know listen to radio 4 in their studios which is a case of negative synaesthesia, boring art being created as a complement to tedious bourgeois radio. Figurative art can be abstract, and music can be narrative, and I've never liked the idea of transposing one form into another so obviously. Twee. But maybe it could work.

Then comes electronic or digital art, which seems to consist of lava-lamp style light shows by avant-garde 60s bands. What about pop videos, isn't MTV and in fact most movies and tv, the number one correspondence of noise and visuals. Funny how you can watch a fuzzy picture on the tv, but fuzzy sound makes a story really difficult to follow. I digress. I am missing the point. But so are all the artist in this book (klee started the rot) who think music looks like a bunch of circles and triangles. The thoughts when hearing music are not accurately by cod futuristic patterns. Save those for t-shirts. And the music I get from hearing great paintings has not been played by any great orchestra.

There is a link, but it's missing from this book.

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