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Artistic expression, whether graphic design, art, or poetry, share many qualities. "Images of Sound" is an attempt to explore these parallels. The square images are all formed from the same basic repetive pattern just as a beat underlies music. But I will not spoil the 'book' for you be belaboring each parallel before you read it. The original version of "Images of Sound" is in the form of a music book wire-bound at the top. The music is only on the last page; cut-outs from each preceding page reveal more of the score as you flip through the book. I designed the book, drew all of the images, and wrote all the prose. However, I did not write the music. The music is "Norwegian Wood" by John Lennon and Paul McCartney of the Beatles. Note the parallels between the words and the square images. Also note how part of the image is inside each note as we move through the piece.


Images of Sound

Music is the discovery of beauty as movements through the passage of time.




Music relies on an underlying beat.

The beat is a repetitive pulse which structures the emerging sounds.




A phrase is a coalition of notes that create and independent form.

Parallel phrases look nearly alike.

But contrasting phrases have little shape in common.

A group of phrases hold onto each other to create a musical image.



Melodic Contour

A melody is a linear succession of sounds and silences moving through time.

The way each sound and silence connects along a curve is known as the melodic contour.




The manifestation of each pitch can reflect a distinct texture

Staccato is a melody of short detached pitches.



Contrary Motion

Sounds have places along a scale.

The scale aides in the visualization of a melodic contour.

Music can have multiple sequences of sound.

Contrary Motion occurs when the pitches move in a direction of convergence or divergence.




Sounds within the art of music may change in intensity during a piece.

Crescendo is the gradual change of sounds towards loudness.




And diminuendo is a gradual move towards softness.