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Inspired by the tree paintings of Sonia Delaunay, I created a soundscape that captures the essence of three of her famous works. The first painting, “Market at Minho,” was created in 1915 and is an excellent example of Orphism, a style that the Delaunays helped pioneer. The painting contains a number of geometric shapes, which makes it similar to the works of the Cubists. However, the unconditional dynamism of the image refers to the Futurists, while the “wild” rave of color indicates that Simultanism wasn’t deprived of Fauvist influence.
In my soundscape, I sought to capture the dynamism and energy of the painting by incorporating a mix of ambient and electronic sounds. The sound of bustling market activity is present, along with the hum of engines and the rhythmic thud of footsteps. These sounds blend and weave together to create a sense of movement and excitement.
The second painting, an unknown abstract work featuring blue points and broken lines with sharp corners, was a challenge to interpret. Without a clear narrative or representational subject matter, I focused on the interplay of light and color. The soundscape for this painting is characterized by ethereal, shimmering tones that seem to glow and fade in and out of focus. It is a soundscape that invites introspection and contemplation, encouraging the listener to lose themselves in the intricacies of the painting.
Finally, I tackled “Propeller (Air Pavilion)” which was created in 1937 to highlight the strides being made in the transportation industry. This painting is an interesting take on the subject matter, as the Delaunays incorporated their own love of color by depicting the mechanisms in vivid shades instead of the gray metal and rusty colors that we would normally associate with them. For this soundscape, I used a mix of industrial and electronic sounds to capture the mechanical nature of the painting. The sound of propellers spinning and engines revving blend with synthesized sounds to create a soundscape that is both futuristic and nostalgic.
Overall, the soundscape I created is a tribute to the innovative spirit of Sonia Delaunay and her husband Robert, who helped pioneer the Orphic movement. By incorporating a mix of traditional and electronic sounds, I sought to capture the essence of their paintings and transport the listener to a world of color, motion, and sound.