11.11.11 by Jeff

Synesthesia

The gang at Yours Truly are starting a project called Synesthesia and I have jumped on board to help produce future installments of the series. So what is it? I’ll let Momo Ishiguro from Yours Truly explain it!

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Even if you’re not synesthetic (a neurological condition that produces the rare ability to experience separate senses simultaneously), there are times when colors seep through songs and music wafts out of otherwise quiet objects. A certain chord has a blue-gray tint; a certain sculpture sounds like waves crashing on the shore.

In this new series, Yours Truly asks some of the most visual people around to fill us in on the links between sound and vision by paying homage to a sonic artist who has helped them hear colors and sing shapes.

This first installment features London-based artist Yuri Suzuki’s admiration for 60′s sculptor of sound, Delia Derbyshire.

Back in the 1960s, Delia Derbyshire turned reels of magnetic tape into music for the BBC-affiliated studio Radiophonic Workshop. Working in the vein of Pierre Schaeffer, Edgard Varèse and other composers of musique concrète, Derbyshire toyed with tape and machines to create compositions that seemed to have no identifiable physical origin. In the early age of computer-based music, the beeps and swells she melded together to form these compositions seemed strange and otherworldly, making them perfect as theme music for sci-fi television shows like Dr. Who.

Today, the London-based artist Yuri Suzuki makes objects and installations that reconnect sounds to their physical origins, building sculptures and instruments that explore the possibilities of experiencing music through sight and touch. His thimble-like contraption Finger Player, for instance, lets users touch the grooves of a vinyl record as it plays, restoring a familiar sonic experience with a sense of physical contact.

Similarly, Color Chaser reflects Suzuki’s efforts to produce visual representations of music: the small box on wheels emits different sounds depending on the coloration of the path drawn beneath it, allowing participants to compose music by scribbling different hues.

More of Yuri Suzuki’s work…

White Noise Machine, 2009

Prepared Turntable, 2008

Maybe it’s a bit funny that an artist who’s interested in the physicality of music paid tribute to Delia Derbyshire and her mysterious sounds. While she was part of a generation that moved towards the abstraction of sound sources, of creating new sounds with little genealogical trace, Suzuki lives in the time of MP3s, iPods and SoundClouds, when the so-called material manifestation of sound consists of numbers that travel through the air. But maybe this letter from Yuri to Delia allows us to see things come full circle, as they say: Delia Derbyshire produced music of untouchable and unseeable beauty, and Suzuki has put it upon himself to recapture it with his eyes and his hands.

Translation:

Dear Delia Derbyshire,

When I listen to your music, I cannot conceive of what has inspired you, and I cannot even imagine what instruments you are playing.

I would also like to create things like this.

Yuri Suzuki

 

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Letters and long hours by Momo Ishiguro.













Jeff
Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.



  • http://bookmania.tumblr.com/ Archie

    One of my favorite writers is Vladimir Nabokov and it is interesting that he was able to describe the synesthetic phenomenon that he has through letters in his writing, “Speak Memory”. There is a bunch of kinds of synesthesia, and I guess it i one of those important tools for an artist to exist, but not all of them are synesthetes. I think it is one of those wonderful gifts in the universe. Kudos to the project!

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

      thanks for the recommendation id like to read Speak Memory

  • Shea Kennedy

    This is awesome! Synesthesia has always interested me. Just last semester for my Elucidata Poetry & Visual Media class my group actually decided to do a showcase on synesthesia. Together we managed to produce 4 poems and the visual artist in our group painted a bunch of glass bottles, each with a different colour and a different level of water. Each bottle opening could be blown on to produce different pitches representing different colours as they may appear to a synesthete.





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Ultimate List of all the Best Art + Photo Tumblrs to Follow

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*Update April 28th 2016 – We are continuing to update this list, removing Tumblrs that are no longer updated very frequently, and adding more as they are submitted. Please read the text below before submitting your Tumblr for consideration! Thank you all for the help, this has become an amazing resource – let’s keep it going!

 

I am compiling an extensive list of all the art and photography Tumblrs worth following. I would love your help to make this the ultimate list! Please leave a comment below with your suggestions and I will update this list with the best suggestions.

This list will focus as much as possible on Tumblrs that survey new work by different people and credit the creators of the images. Please do not submit Tumblrs that only focus on one person’s work (ie. your own personal portfolio) or mood boards that do not make any effort to link back to the source of the work.

Please share this with friends, the more input we have the better this resource will be!

 

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