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Detail (above) from visualisation (below) of Benjamin Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.

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Whilst listening to a favourite album of mine, I realised that traditional music notation (i.e. stave-based) does a poor job at visually reflecting the sound it commands. This piece is the result of a period of exploratory work, re-examining notation and composition by focusing both on the mathematic patterns inherent in music, and the idea of ‘synesthesia’, an atypical bodily response to one type of sensory stimulant (sound) that becomes re-imagined through other sensory output (typically ‘visions’ or imagined scents). The work above is based on the final fugue from Benjamin Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, which you can listen to here