Krisztián Hofstädter

imaginary soundscape - poetry to music

How does a landscape sound? How does a poem sound? A presentation outline with quick ideas for sonification and musification.

time: Sep 2018

tags: writing, music, imaginary-soundscapes, imagination, listening-types, meditation, states-of-mind

First of all, why do we compose music? If we compose music because something inspired us, what is the difference between the inspiration being another piece of music, a painting or literature for instance poetry?

Let’s start with an exercise:

  1. read all haikus below
  2. listen to the compositions
  3. try to match a haiku to a composition

My Life;-
How much more of it remains?
The night is brief.

Nude Beach
Nothing New
Under The Sun

The Depths, Swelling Green
Leviathan Walks, Waves Break
Cold Sleet, it is here.

The wind of war
Blowing across my face
The thunder roaring loudly

Moves silently through the deep -
Five knots to nowhere.

Tremble, oh my gravemound,
in time my cries will be
only this autumn wind

Key: kettő, kilenc, tíz, tizenhárom, tizennyolc, nyolc (in order).

What was similar in these compositions? Are the haikus compositions? What does it mean to compose? What was different? Would you have interpreted poems in similar ways into music? Now, that you have heard an example of someone’s interpretation, is your imagination guided in a certain way?

ideas for interpreting



Any other ideas?

hearing vs listening

To understand the difference between these, can help us get closer to a creative state of mind as well. In this video Pauline touches on some very interesting ideas: