Remember Alexander Scriabin’s synaesthetic code?
Neither did we until an email arrived to our office; supposedly from Bucharest, containing the live session you’re about to watch…
What’s the link?
In the email the production duo (Roman Botnari/ Cristian Munteanu) is talking about “their own palette of intertwined emotions”, a “hybrid installation” of organic and mechanical parts. However, the most important is their intention to create a polyvalent experience for the participant and a language for that matter, a code.
”Scriabin heard music as colors, and invented an instrument that could be played like a piano to project colored light into the concert hall”
(Scriabin’s synaesthetic code)
MEOKO sat down with the guys, to find out what does this really mean and how did they come up with the idea:
CHRS: It all started when a relative told me about the curious experiences he had as a pianist; every time he played a piece in G Major he would see the sun strong red through the music sheets, serve a coffee in d minor or walk on a greenish field in e minor ..I was fascinated. By studying the classical composers like Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Alexander Scriabin, i realized it can be done in normal conditions too, by combining arts and ideas into a unified experience. You just need to keep an open mind and see the inner spaces paved with patterns that connect us.
Regarding the aesthetics of the project, it’s definitively a personal view on the condition, somehow biased by the fact that none of the members are actually synaesthetes.
R/B: Music doesn’t always come from music.. whether it’s sinestezie or a personal project the inspiration comes from an emotion, a picture or some random happening that we’re translating through rhythm and notes.. I’d say we’re all potentially synesthetic, through the connections we make and the sensibilities we develop.
Seems like a pretentious project, I reckon music is the driver yet there are various other aspects to be taken care of, an appropriate venue and whatnot.
R/B: I’d say the most important thing is your interest and curiosity, but since I got this idea, I knew we can’t do it alone. So we decided to invite artists coming from different backgrounds to translate our sound into visual symbols, colour schemes and a bunch of other cool stuff, currently a work in progress.
In this video, for example, we collaborate with RAMIO and Andrei Popa on the visual side and TRIP, the craftsmen studio that built the spaceship like desk.
Finally what’s the purpose behind it, and what can be achieved through this hybrid installation?
CHRS: We’ll be using our own code of associated sensations in live acts to trigger stimuli and create moments that can be retraced through more than one form of perception (a type of melody, color, form or even smell).
In recent years it’s rare to spot such a live show with an open concept based on an ”alien” principle. Although it might seem easy to intellectually grasp such things, it can be more difficult to perceive the deep, meditative music behind it. This is what could actually do the trick. That being said, I can’t wait to see this setup in a live situation.