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JODY CLEAVER

Synesthesia and music medicine, in watercolours

A visualisation of the original piano composition by Natalie Trayling.

 

The composition is amazingly, improvised: as is the film. Or, as close as possible to improvisation working frame by frame.

A work with over 4000 watercolours, and over 18 months of production, first developed late 2020.

Studying colour theory this work references Synesthesia 'seeing the shapes of music',  8th century Egyptian painted circular notation: alternate ways to visualise music compilation 'Notations 21' by Sauer, and objects of meditation. Australian painter Roy de Maistre and his 'colour-music',  his charting of colour relativity:  And his contemporary Howard Kemp-Prossor and his theory of 'colour-medicine' in 1918, when he set to painting interiors for curing shell-shocked soldiers  'the ceiling firmament blue, walls sunlight yellow, woodwork Spring Green and floor and furniture primrose yellow...all the air is thrilling with the Spring'

Immersed in music and soothed by colour: the last few years being calmed is our main mode of operation. 

 

This film also pays homage to the abstract and highly synchronised films of Oskar Fischinger, especially his work  'An Optical Poem', 1938

This song is recorded live on the streets of Melbourne; the composer only plays live and improvised, in public spaces. An unconventional career for a highly trained classical pianist: she has become adored online for her emotive performances. The severe lockdowns of Melbourne 2020-2021 on the city prevented her work from being heard, and so here we present this collaboration for the world to listen to her brilliance.

Both artists live and work in Melbourne, Australia. To hear more work by Natalie Trayling, visit her Channel.

 

Supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants.