Autumn Rhythm Redux

Autumn Rhythm Redux

"Autumn Rhythm no. 30" by Jackson Pollack: an indiscriminate splatter of black, white, and gold paint
“Autumn Rhythm No. 30,” Jackson Pollock, 1950. Pollock revealed the life of a painting through “actions,” a technique of dripping and pouring paint on a canvas that is placed directly on the floor.

Purpose: To explore the possible relationship between audio and visual “chaos.”

Despite all initial feelings of visual discord, this painting still manages to convey the feelings traditionally associated with nature through coloring, orientation and the relationship between ground and space. I wanted to convey this through the use of sounds.

Translation: With my collaborator, Sam Hawk, I tried to assign different sounds for different colors and aspects of the painting. The canvas is a C suspended 4 chord. The different colors of the painting have their own drum sounds and rhythms. To convey the contradictions present in the painting, they neither work together nor complement each other. Once all the layers are fully developed, the loop fades out and begins again before the listener is able to distinguish any overpowering arch or melody. Just as the painting is evocative of nature in the fall, the sound loop carries a tone of decay and the essence of a transitional period.

Special thanks to Sam Hawk, musical consultant, composer, sixth floor resident.

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