The Color of Sound by Maria Rantis

Data visualization of sound

COURSE: ART 448 Coding for Graphic Design

MEDIUM: Data Illustration; Data Visualization; Video/Film

This abstract generative drawing was created using processing, a sketchbook software that computes code to create digital art. This software was initiated by Ben Fry and Case Reas in 2001. I also used a Sound Library (AudioInput) in order to make the code interact with the song “Bang,” by AJR.

The Sound of Color is an abstract computational drawing inspired the world of Kandinsky. This drawing consists of a combination of organically intertwined bezier curves and dramatic geometric shapes. Wassily Kandinsky once said that “the sound of color is so definite that it would be hard to find anyone who could express bright yellow with base notes, or dark lake with trouble.” As a syntheses he had a unique relationship with the interaction of sound and color. He was able to hear color and find joy in it in a way that many can not relate. This quote alludes to a false reality that everyone sees and hears color in a “definite” way. The Sound of Color challenges Kandinsky’s view by combining sound and color to create a new world. I paired this piece with the song “Bang,” by AJR because it has explosive energy with strong beats and an encouraging mantra about seizing the day.