Can you see what I hear? Trevor Epplett

This gallery will assess visual elements of instruments and music created with various mediums. Physical instruments and their eloquent aesthetics will be described omitting the musical or sound qualities. Take a look at some scenes of musical groups and musicians alike and develop an analysis as to why the image has been captured or created for our visual enjoyment. 

Broken pieces of a guitar and violin collaged to form a tiled abstract of cohesion. Columns are vertically aligned but are of different width and offset. The color palette generates uniformity across the scattered tiles. Patterns like the diamonds and squares are repeated on the outer edges. The sound hole of the guitar is focused in the center and everything else builds around it. Color gradients are also referenced to this point some move toward center and others work away from the center.
Animated images of music, musical instruments, and recording symbols have been scrapbooked together as one full image. The limited selection of colors establishes a single story through multiple scenes. Images were repeated but either rotated in orientation or redrawn with different colors but still using the palette of the piece. The simple shapes are repeated and added together. Similar shapes are placed in a varying size tiles but the tiles are relative in size to the adjacent scenes.
Mural of a single location capturing moments of the past, present, and future. Large figures dominate the focal points. The dark shadows separate the individual figures from each other and direct focus away from the background. Smokey brush strokes and dusty shading strengthens the cartoon qualities. The rainbow has more saturated colors but not all colors are included in the rainbow the rest are included as the base for skin tone on the female top center and the exterior faces of the neighboring buildings.
Jazz performers entertaining a crowd with their music. Audience perspective facing the stage but with a really close-up left of center view. Monochromatic choice of brown and darker colors smear details but images can still be distinguished through the outline of shadows. The majority of the light is presented from the background and dark spots and low contrast on the faces of the performers. The front performers are all relatively the same height but the distance changes the perceived depth and size moving from the left to the right.
A tenor saxophone oriented on its side among a wrinkled silky piece of fabric. The color is barely saturated but with great intensity of brightness. An even gradient increases the sheen of the fabric but dulls out the metallic surface of the saxophone. The reflections from the center of the fabric dynamically increase the contrast with the bell of the horn.
Chimes of multiple sizes fixed to a structure in an ascending order by sections of support beams. Stone and metal are used to as the primary materials for the support structure and the chimes. The structure is a large L shape split into three sections with three tiers per section. The tiles separating the tiers have geometrical patterns along the frame with red vertical columns spacing the hang points for each chime. A lot of intricate details are shown on the chimes and the frame including the spikes on some of the chimes adds a lot of texture to the instrument physically and visually.
An older upright piano in the background with a stool and piano pieces scattered across the floor in the foreground. The wood laid out across the floor is the keys to the notes not included in the sheet music on the piano. The simple approach of design allows the message to observe without visual overload. The keys are separated from the piano but are still mechanically connected together. Lines of the keys and their arrangement give details beyond just looking at an old piano.
A very large stationary marimba made of wood for the keys, body, and stand. Figures are carved out of stained wood as a decorative emblem along the exposed edge of the marimba. The baffles underneath are pointed downward resembling a flower petal. The different shades of stain give the marimba contrast. The wood lace like plaque has carved out words with another figure underneath looking up at the underside of the keys and baffles. The wooden floor planks match the shade of the marimba body but flatten out the dynamics of the image.
Harpsichord with the lid open and keys on the left side of the image. The noise lid’s underside is exposed to the viewers and reveals a painting embedded in the lid. The painting on the lid is the largest and the body of the instrument also has paintings of human figures wrapping the edge of the body. The paintings use a darker color palette stands out against the gold of the instrument. The body and underside of the lid use a diamond shapes with two different shades in a repetitive pattern. The edges and legs also have a lot of scribed designs of shapes and figures adding texture.
A West African thumb piano. The color is grungy and dull. There are variances in the color that can be seen at a close look. The lines and boxes allow symmetry of the lower half but then each smaller section influences the big picture diamond shape. The brass beads are not distributed evenly across the baseboard. The beads also add variety because they have more shine and reflection and each bead is not the same.
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