Krisztián Hofstädter

synaesthesia and visual music

Artists have been interested in translating visual information to sound and vica versa. Why do we (they) do this?

time: Oct 2018

tags: writing, music, synaesthesia, visual-music

visual music

According to Wikipedia, visual music can mean many things:

and the definition is constantly expending. I like intermedia the most, where the information to be translated can originate from both. Well, and perhaps information can go in both direction, feeding each other. Think about how programming and sensors in a live performance could help!

Discuss these terms:


According to Wikipedia, synaesthesia

is a perceptual phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway.

In this video Jamie Ward explains further:

Common types explained further and source of the above video can be found here.

visual music examples

the twittering machine of Paul Klee

musical interpretation 1 by Gunther Schuller here.

musical interpretation 2 by Cindy McTee here.

Gunter and Cindy are the composers who interpret the visuals. Then this composition is further refined by the conductor and the instrument players and then finally by the listener. We all add nuances to the what we are given as information. Isn’t this a bit like gossiping?

dance of light

by Rhea Quien

Musical interpretations by ARU M4MI cohort (2017) here.