There are a lot of projects competing for your attention on Kickstarter these days, so if you’ve got A.D.D., do yourself a favor and give this one a look. The folks behind ALARM Press (who publish Design Bureau, the only design magazine savvy enough to have a toy design column) have put together Chromatic: The Crossroads of Color and Music. The 400-page full-color book boasts “art and editorial about independent musicians and artists who use or explore color in unorthodox ways”. Supporting the Chromatic Kickstarter project means the book gets released as the “striking print publication it was intended to be”.
A few of the topics contained in this tome:
- Composers and other famous musicians who experience musical synesthesia, the involuntary intersection of senses where someone might “see” notes as different colors or shapes
- The concept of audible color, including the proposed mathematical correlation between color and pitch, and then crossing into psychedelic music, timbre (“colors” of sound), blue notes, and the chromatic scale
- Wild illustrations of musical notes translated into hues to create elaborate geometric works of art
Among dozens of other contemporary musicians and artists, Chromatic features: Daft Punk, Blue Man Group, John Zorn / The Dreamers, The Zhou Brothers, Jónsi & Fifty Nine Productions, Ratatat, Holy F*ck, Andy Gilmore, Damon Locks, Kaki King, The Dear Hunter, and Rob Mazurek.
I’m backing this project.