Synaesthesia is a way of generating ideas from music – effectively ‘seeing sounds in your head’.
It is a really helpful technique to use when listening to music in order to come up with visual ideas.
When listening to a piece of music you should concentrate on each of the following features in turm:
- Sense of subject matter
- Grain of voice
- Suggested Stories
- Cultural references
Here is a Prezi which explains and illustrates these ideas:
Task 1 (done collectively)
- You will listen to two songs and write down the images, ideas, colours, adjectives, themes, subjects that come to mind when listening to the lyrics, beat, grain of voice, tempo etc.
- Then we will watch the videos and see how close you were to how the music was interpreted in visuals.
Task 2: you have @ 5 lessons and independent study to complete this.
Independent Study – Develop and present a music video idea for one song.
You need to short list some songs (see below the guidance on choosing songs) and, using synesthesia, develop some tangible ideas for one of them.
You should present your ideas as a inspiration board of found images / videos. It should include:
- The genre of music & repertoire of elements associated:
- The look of the band / lead singer
- Locations for performance / narrative
- Style of Performance
- Costume / Make Up / Hair
- Colour Palettes
- Narrative Events
You may use whatever digital format you like: Google Slides, Prezi, Pinterest, Photoshop, InDesign…or something else…(please check with your teacher)
Choosing a Song
- Start with thinking, ‘Who will perform this?’ and work from there.
- Perhaps opt for a solo performer to make organisation easier
- Don’t choose a song by your favourite band/star.
- Don’t choose something that is well known.
- Don’t choose something too long, 3 – 4 minutes is plenty.
- Album tracks or cover versions are useful options
- Beware of Warner Music Group and its associated record labels
Please listen to music on these site for inspiration:
This presentation should include:
- a moodboard – to encompass genre and star image
- annotated lyrics (like you’d annotate a poem – with visual / thoughts / themes)
- an embedded mp3
- extended step outline in terms of a description of the narrative
- Introductions of your ideas for narrative and performance to include key terms for genre and star image and narrative (use the terms in context and refer back to previous blog posts for theorists, ideas, concepts).