Images and Music

I haven’t revisited my Walk/Listen/Respond project for a while because I haven’t felt the need to. I devised this project over the summer as a way to getting myself more in tune with the world around me and as a way to release a creative block. I realised that certain tunes in my memory bank evoke images of people and places from my past. I then considered that the reverse might be true and that if I walk with particular sounds in my headphones that I might be able to reach a moment where what I see aligns perfectly with what I’m hearing.

The actual image I create is entirely subjective and meaningful only to me. The same music to different ears would undoubtedly generate a different photograph. Since blogging about this project in August I’ve had lots of feedback from people who have tried this for themselves. This has reached the point where a lecturer friend of mine has tried it with his students as a way of getting them thinking about space, audio, creativity, and memory. I would love to see their results.

When I look at the list of albums I listened to over the summer I can recall the photograph which accompanied each tune. Similarly when I walk past a location that I’ve used I can remember the photograph I took and what I was listening to at the time. This builders’ portacabin is Goldbringer’s ‘Rescue Team’, that road belongs to Peter Gabriel, and the tidal barrage is Fantômas ‘Amenaza Al Mundo’ Book 1: Page 5. For me these locations are now irreversibly intertwined in images and music.

Project: Walk/Listen/Respond

Rules: [1] Set MP3 to random album, [2] Walk, [3] When what you hear can be represented by what you see then take a photograph, [4] document your findings [5] no edits, no crops, no photoshop or alterations of any kind.

Results: Album: Marillion ‘Script for a Jester’s Tear’  Photograph taken at the exact boundary between ‘He Knows you Know’ and ‘The Web’.



3 thoughts on “Images and Music

  1. ‘For me these locations are now irreversibly intertwined in images and music.’

    I recon you’d find this audio experiences interesting…
    These ware designed to be experienced in York, but works just as well in Swansea, starting on Oxford Street / near castle square. See what you think.

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