Narrative in Your Music for Art Project

Narrative in Your Music for Art Project

In addition to the important search engine optimization role of written content in your Music for Art project, a good written narrative will emphasize for viewers the various relationships at play between painting and audio. Generally speaking, your narrative will have descriptive and interpretive aspects.

In your descriptive language, you can point out elements in the painting, such as subjects, shapes, background, colors, textures. If you hear the audio capturing these elements, you can point those out as well. A soft vamping suspended cymbal speaks of the shimmering light off a lake. A glass bow synth, with its murky attacks and dissonant harmonic content suggests the fog enshrouding a woods.

If the audio is not speaking directly to visual components, you would still be interested in describing what is going on musically. You don’t need to be a musician. Just talk about what you hear. The music sounds like a whisper, a secret. The music is charging ahead, as if in a race, or on a mission. Often, when the music is not attempting to animate aspects in the painting, it is interested in creating ambience or a subnarrative, that is, the story behind the picture.

Your narrative now moves to a more subjective discussion of feelings and interpretations. When the music is attempting to animate or otherwise depict sonically the painting, your Vampiress typically talks about her feelings. A steady tom beat heightens the intensity in this image of panther stalking prey. Sharp edged brass hits emphasize the isolation of geometric forms in an abstract work, and amplify the sense of coldness, emotional distance. On the other hand, music attempting to create a subnarrative, suggesting to us something that is not seen in the painting, begs us to describe that attempt for the viewer.

We hear in the audio voices murmuring in the distance and growing louder. Something evil is approaching.

We hear the rooster crowing. A gentle splashing sound suggests the first fisher boat of the morning, casting off on this still empty river.

Your audience will appreciate your interpretation, even if they don’t agree with it. When you take a stand, you invite your audience to take theirs, and achieve another level of engagement in your Music for Art Project.

Happy writing and let me know your thoughts!

Your Vampiress



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