Visual Music Composition with\ud Electronic Sound and Video
Abstract\ud This research project investigated techniques for composing visual music and achieving\ud balance in the relationship between sound and image. It comprises this thesis and a\ud portfolio of compositions. The investigation began with an interest in the relationships\ud between colour and sound and later expanded to include form and motion, the\ud remaining factors of Thomas Wilfred’s lumia (1947). Working with a cohesive theme,\ud such as lumia, proved to be an effective way of creating a coherent aesthetic in portfolio\ud pieces. Other themes were therefore investigated including composing with visual and\ud audio materials recorded from the single source of Thailand, the wave phenomena of\ud refraction and diffraction and a filmed natural sunset interpreted in electroacoustic\ud music.\ud Two distinct compositional techniques were used, material transference, where qualities\ud were transferred between sound and image, and compositional thinking, which assisted\ud in creating audio-visual compositions that possessed musical qualities. Material\ud transference proved to be the most productive technique during composing and it was\ud discovered that effectuating it algorithmically created a strong bond between sound and\ud image. Compositional thinking assisted in creating the form of the portfolio pieces and\ud was found to apply to both video and music. Compositional thinking was found to be\ud useful at the macro level, where structural form was designed, and material transference\ud worked at a finer micro level, transferring individual qualities between sound and video\ud objects.
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