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Watkins, Julie ORCID: 0000-0001-8872-7041 (2017) SKY. [Video]

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The impulse to find correspondences between music and visuals and use these to build a new mode of creative activity – indeed a new art form – has a long history. Visual music encompasses many types of output [1]. Sky is sung wordlessly and fused with abstract animation through composing motion [2], sound temporalizing images [3], sound and space [4] and sense of place embedded in the human voice [5]. It is timely to develop a methodology for creating pieces that afford soft fascination [6].

1. Patteson, T. (2016). The Expanding Instrumentarium. In Instruments for New Music: Sound, Technology, and Modernism (pp. 152-168). Oakland, California: University of California Press. Retrieved from

2. Watkins, J. (2016). An Investigation into Composing Visual Music Today. Body, Space & Technology Journal, (Vol 17). Retrieved from
3. Brougher, K., Mattis, O., Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, Calif.), & Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Eds.). (2005). Visual music: synaesthesia in art and music since 1900. [London] : Washington, D.C. : Los Angeles: Thames & Hudson ; Hirshhorn Museum ; Museum of Contemporary Art.

4. Lye, L., Curnow, W. (ed) and Horrocks, R. (ed) (1984), Figures of Motion: Selected Writings pp31-32

5. Chion, M., & Murch, W. (1994). Audio-vision: sound on screen. Columbia University Press p14
6. Smalley, D. (2007). Space-form and the acousmatic image. Organised sound, 12(01), 35-58.

Item Type: Video
Additional Information: Presented at Sound/Image 11/11/2017
Uncontrolled Keywords: visual music, animation, audio-visual, singing, skyscape
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Design (DES)
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2020 09:25

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