From the get-go, one idea I have had about The Avenue of Trees project is that the colour patterning would have some relationship to music. I did not want to just hang up the squares in a rainbow transitioning pattern, although that is actually a lot harder to avoid that you might think. So, I set to looking for (and listening to) music that might be an inspiration. Not so much like red squares = a C note, but more in creating a sense of flow that might be inspiring to colour pattern.
People who know me will know this is like me saying one day that I wish to fly and heading over to the nearest cliff to try my luck. It is just about as likely that I will fly as I will be able to work directly with music. That is to say, I am an amusical person. I think I may have just invented that word but to me it is like being asexual....I just ain't got it in either direction. Those places in the brain where music happens...well, they dried up ages ago. It is a very quiet place in that corner of the old noggin for me.
What better idea, then, to take up music in a very public way, not to mention a way that is highly abstract and complicated. Hey - if you are gonna play, play.
Not surprisingly I found myself coming up blank when I imagined what possible music I could use. It isn't like I have a repetoire or even a CD collection to draw upon. Plus, it felt like I needed to have a connection to this place, specifically. If I know little or nothing about music from a North American perspective, then my knowledge of Korean music is even less. Yet, total ignorance has never stopped me before.
Off the cliff I plunged!
Here are some of the notes I took as I did some research:
Eric Satie....too sad and slow. Shall We Dance? (The official title of my project is The Avenue of Trees/Shall We Art?, which was decided upon by the organizing committee for the Biennale). NO! Korean classical music: Shin Kwe Dong, Chung Mori. Classical fusion - Byul Ma Ru. Sinawi - ritual music that originated in Cheongju.Now we were getting somewhere! Traditional music that had its roots in this very place. Even better, there is an Australian drummer named Simon Barker, who has embraced traditional Korean music and brought it to international audiences. The video above is his version of Sinawi. Music that is specifically from Cheongju but with a twist by someone from away.
Yes. I like it.