The following is a student assignment at SVC. This projects aim was the study of composition,colour and how they can be affected by music. The final result of the project is a poster. But before we get to the finally: I had to make 6 different compositions, using 6 different colour wheels, each piece representing a certain music genre-artist-song, and to make the final poster, I had to combine pieces of all 6 posters into a balanced composition, as well as making sure that all the colours agree with other. The following 6 slides show my thought process and inspirations behind each of the 6 pieces and of course the final product.
The first genre which I chose is disco, the song "Lipps Inc." by Funky Town. The composition imitates the lights and rays at a night club. The biggest form at the bottom left corner is inspired by the very 70s lava lamp. The colours that I chose for this piece were taken from the albums of the 70s and 80s, the colours being obnoxiously bright, sunshine yellow, hot pink and electric blue. Finally the up-moving motions of the rays is mimicking the popular dance moves at the time.
Composition number two is Folk music, the artist is Father John Misty, and the song is "Nancy from now on". The flexibility of the composition is due to the slow, lounge style of music from the song. The colours in the piece are warm and comforting, taken from rug prints and natural tones. But since the song I chose is modern folk music the compositions portrays that with the sharp elements and pink background which isn't natural to the folk aesthetic.
This piece is inspired by House music, "Pump the Jam" by Technotronic. The colours are electric, loud and popping. The placement of the objects is manoeuvred in a way to show the beats and volume of the genre.
The fourth piece is Opera. A performance of "Barcelona" by Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé. Obviously the central piece(star) is a symbol of the amazing artists work, both of whom I respect immensely. The atmosphere of this work had to be both "royal", powerful and yet playful as well. Hence the bubble like elements floating around the dominating piece . The colours are inspired by a few operas, such as Mozarts "Magic Flute".
Of course, rock'n'roll, "Piece of my heart" by Janis Joplin. Firstly, the colours I chose were extremely popular in the 60s and 70s. The placement of the composition had to be almost over the top loud, just like the artist. The main element is mimicking a crash cymbal in movement while being hit. My aim was to make this piece as if it was put on pause while in erratic motion.
My personal favourite, Jazz. One of my favourite musicians Chet Baker, with the piece "Alone Together". As for the background, it was inspired by "drawing with light" and the New York night views which was home to many great jazz and blues musicians. The colours are inviting and romantic. Tomato red was a popular options for jazz posters back in the day. And the blues posters usually had colder colours, purple, black, and blue. I tried to incorporate both in this piece.
The final poster is a combinations of elements from all 6 pieces.
Thank you for your time, I hope you enjoyed my project.
composition, student project, colour, music, poster, vinyl, research, colour analyses.