colors / palette
In this text, the terms color and palette are used intellectually to correlate musical sounds with visual color. Interpretation of the emotional content of a color is a uniquely personal experience that we can potentially share with others. As with visual color, we can aurally ( by sounds ) share and express our emotional feelings in the music we create.
How do we do this? By correlating our emotional moods with musical sounds. And as we expand in resource and gain experience over the years, we can fine tune and better develop our musical moods. Like painting a musical picture? Yep.
Use of the term "palette" implies the placement of these colors in such a way as to make them readily available for the expressive purposes of the improvising musician. This placement of our colors on the palette is simply a theoretical exercise that positions the elements to create a hierarchy of each of our favorite colors. The cool thing is that as creative artists, we each get to define our own correlations between our emotions and their representative colors on our own terms. This ongoing developmental process is potentially coupled with how we understand the theory of the music we create. As our knowledge of the music theory and the defining of it's colors organically expand, we discover what sounds are at the core of our personal musical universe. This can become a very cool and comfortable artistic place to hang out. By understanding the theoretical relationships between musical colors within our overall system of music, we develop the potential to explore outward from our core spiritual colors to other colors within the musical universe, expanding our artistic palettes, possible combinations and perhaps our artistic creations. Every picture tells a story yes? Example 1.
a palette of musical sounds / colors / environments
If you were to invision and create your musical palette today, what would it look like? Are the blues colors in the center? Perhaps the major tonality? The totally cool thing about this is that we each get to choose which color goes where, that as we evolve in our art, we can re-arrange our palette to better suit our needs as well as add new colors as we discover them. Cool n'est pas?
So, what does a blues color sound like? Example 2.
Major pentatonic color? Example 3.
Augmented color? Example 5.
Yuk! What was that? Not an easy color to control or disguise eh?
The minor tonality? Example 3.
The major tonality? Example 4.
So, cool with the ideas here? Perhaps a bit more abstract than real.
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Other artistic considerations? How about artistic techniques?
Each of us must work for our own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibiluty for all humanity. Marie Curie