For my independent project this semester, I’m looking at how artistic vision translates between media. My goal is to tell a story through the media of writing, music, dance, and visual art, and see what is lost and gained in each rendition.
I knew that I wanted to start with a piece by someone else, extrapolate meaning from it, and piece it into a written story of my own. I scoured the internet, following recommended artists from friends and making excellent use of the “People also Search for” function, until I stumbled upon Interesni Kazki’s blog. The Ukrainian street art duo had a few pieces that really caught my attention. None more than this one:
I knew that this was the one. I did research on it’s location and meaning so that I could figure out what about it I felt pertained to the story I wanted to tell. Through the whole writing process I always came back to the image. My story came together in the span of a couple of week’s worth of dutiful writing. Here you can find a copy of the story I wrote over the summer.
Once the story was done, I got to work on the song. What I thought was most important to the story (and what I most wanted to see in the song) were the emotional transformations of my character. He goes from cynical, to defeated, to hopeful. I needed my song above all else to tell the story of that journey. I divided the song into three sections, one for each of those emotions. Then I though critically about the story, what in the words could be translated into sounds for the song. For instance in the beginning, the cynical section, I wanted to capture the weight of the heat. So I used heavy drumming that brought me back to a place of sweltering summer heat. The most current version of my song can be found here. It is going to be tweaked a little bit in the coming months, however, I feel like this is an excellent jumping off point as I begin to choreograph the dance.