Project 4: Music as Muse

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and cannot remain silent”

~Victor Hugo

Project 4: Music: Absorbing reverberations that enter your ear and converting into imagery…that is the goal of the project.

1. Listen to the following songs and as you listen, write down the visuals that come to mind.  Let go of the idea that all of the visuals need to be identifiable concrete objects. Assorted music to listen to.  Use headphones, turn off distractions and soak up the music.
Advanced Photo 11/10 by Cameron Crouch on Grooveshark

2. Read. Like poetry, music sometimes expresses what words cannot:

From: Second Elegy

But we, when moved by deep feeling, evaporate; we breathe ourselves out and away; from moment to moment our emotion grows fainter, like a perfume. Though someone may tell us: “Yes, you’ve entered my bloodstream, the room, the whole springtime is filled with you . . . “–what does it matter? He can’t contain us, we vanish inside him and around him. And those who are beautiful, oh who can retain them? Appearance ceaselessly rises in their face, and is gone. Like dew from the morning grass, what is ours floats into the air, like steam from a dish of hot food.
O smile, where are you going?
O upturned glance: new warm receding wave on the sea of the heart . . .
alas, but that is what we are.
Does the infinite space we dissolve into, taste of us then?

From Duino Elegies ~Rilke

I want each student to avoid pursuing a song that has distinct concrete details, and instead pursue abstract music that allows for personal interpretation.  A song that has strong personal memories tied to it evokes the time and the situation that the song was experienced.

3. Watch.  Much is made visually with music in mind, and if the audio were to be be removed, the visuals often do not stand on their own…music is the catalyst.

How was that made?  Well here you go…art and science.

Words are limiting.  Unless you know Icelandic, you will not understand the lyrics, but the story is strong…or is it? Watching the visuals and listening, the story unfolds in whatever way the viewer needs it to unfold; the story is catered to each individual because each viewer applies their own interpretation.

Glosoli by: Sigur Ros

4. Create.  Each student is to visually interpret a song through the creation of images.  The images will be ultimately displayed through slideshow with the song playing.  Images are to match the tone/mood/emotion of the song, not the actual lyrics.  If the song says blue sky, do not photograph a blue sky for the slideshow.  Represent the song as a whole, not broken up, line-by-line.  Amount of images will vary, but between 30-80 is acceptable.  Please speak with me directly if more or less are intended for the final slideshow. Sign up with and create a list of no more than 3 final songs that you will decide from.  Email me the play-list.  Songs need to be classroom appropriate.  Country and rap songs will automatically receive a 42.7% grade reduction.

All due dates and points will be posted in Zangle.

Songs emailed: one week. 5 pts

Raw images: two weeks. 20 pts

Editing and finalizing slideshow: one week.

Final project: 100 pts


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