Chicago's 'Ten x Ten' Paired Composers with Visual Artists...'Hear x See' the Results
Exploring the relationships between sound and color, ten composers and ten visual artists were tasked to create ten collaborative works for "Ten x Ten," an event conceived and organized by Homeroom in Chicago.
The event will also serve as a release party for Ten x Ten, a vinyl LP of the musical works for chamber ensemble, accompanied by a booklet of the art prints published by Spudnik Press Cooperative.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for an exhibition of the art works, followed by a performance of the musical ones from the Palomar Ensemble--the resident ensemble of Access Contemporary Music.
Seth Boustead, executive director of Access Contemporary Music, is one of the composers who participated in the "Ten x Ten" project. He worked with visual artist Renee Robbins to create Deep at Sea, a collaboration Boustead describes as artistically rewarding.
He spoke further: "Renee and I went back and forth constantly. She sent me sketches, and I would send her musical sketches back in the form of MIDI files. She wanted to do something with the ocean that involved depth, stillness and motion. The idea of 'depth' I took to mean seriousness. The concept of motion became a kind of stormy section in the piece that subsided into stillness at the end. Some of her sketches reminded me of Japanese watercolors. I ran with that musically too."
The collaborative process innate to "Ten x Ten," Boustead maintains, led him to write music that was very different from any he had written before.© 2016 The Classical Art, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.