Hello and welcome to my reveal for the wonderful Miss Erin of Treasures Found's Challenge of Music, I'm very glad to have you here!
Miss Erin hosts a wonderful selection of challenges, each with a wonderful twist. I was lucky enough to jump on the jewellery blogging train just in time to join in her Challenge of Colo(u)r blog hop. It was truly inspiring and such good fun so I jumped straight on the bandwagon as soon as soon as sign-ups opened for the music challenge. When Erin announced that the extra spice in this challenge would be to draw inspiration from instrumental music, I was laughing! A lot of the music I listen to is instrumental - from beauteous Classical to dance-driving Psybreaks (I have very wide tastes). But the instrumental music I listen to the most is Heavy Metal.
That's right, I'm a Metalhead. A Metalhead in flowery silks, haha :)
Now I'm not into screamy screechy 'Hail Satan' metal. To be honest that stuff drives me up the wall. But progressive metal and post-metal? Right up my street! Often gently melodic and strewn with powerfully emotive passages, this strain of metal doesn't make my ears want to bleed. Lyrics, when there are any, cover philosophical, introspective or sociological topics, expanding on human nature and the ways of the world.
When reading the outline of the challenge, I knew instantly the song I was going to create around. It is called 'Seattle' and is from the album Fade by Cloudkicker. I am currently obsessed with it and can listen it it on repeat for hours quite happily(I'm a bit strange).
Cloudkicker is the one-man-band project of a chap called Ben Sharp from Columbus, Ohio. He plays every instrument himself, then sequences and mixes it all too! A very talented dude. His earlier stuff was a lot heavier, but Fade, which is his latest album, strikes the chord between heavy and melodic just right for me, though I know that for a lot of you this song will sound mostly like horrid horrid noise!
Enough waffle now, here is the song. I don't expect you to listen to the whole 10 minutes, but about 5 will be enough to get what I am on about.
Now, I have Chromesthesia. If you have read Erin's post on synesthesia you will know that this means that my brain 'interprets' sound as colours and shapes - I can quite literally 'see sound'. Which is very odd when I think about it, but as I have always perceived things this way to me it is quite normal! I can remember being quite shocked as a wee child to find out not everyone has this visual accompaniment to sound. I sometimes feel sorry for non-synesthetes, when I close my eyes and listen to good music, it is like having my own internal visualizer A downside? There are times, when I listen to (usually new) powerful music, or I get caught in a great cacophony, I can feel almost blinded and paralysed! The first time I heard 'Seattle' I felt like I was going to have a fit. A wonderful, ecstatic, hallucinogenic fit. It felt like God had reached down and was massaging my brain with fingers the colour of a stormy sky.
Fingers the colour of a stormy sky? Well, that first deep, driving riff in this song is a deep blue-grey to me, laced with rich brown and the gleaming colour of hematite. The sound is linear but organic, the shape of it is like walking down a tree lined avenue, the trunks of trees like pillars leaning over you to shade you with their leaves. And yet the sound is somewhat industrial as well, as though those trees were once the lampposts and skyscrapers of a city, turned to a forest by enchantment. Huge and ominous yet warm and round and embracing. Based on this shape I made a 'sketch in wire' using dino-bone links (probably old-hat to most of you, but a new one for me), which I felt mirrored the shape of the sound quite well:
|This isn't a real piece of jewellery, it's just a sketch that likes rather like a piece of jewellery. But you can wear it as if it really were a piece of jewellery, and it makes a wonderful chiming sound when you do :)|
You can't really see the deep blue of the tiger eye which is a shame (I am rubbish at photography). The lovely oak leaf clasp is by Natalie McKenna of Grubbi, once I saw it I *had* to have it! It was just the right colour to go with the tigers eye and i have been planning to use them together somehow for a while, this was the perfect chance! I made a coiled toggle bar to match the coiled bead cages, which are my stand in for the industrial but organic shape I was after. Mixed in are some smashing czech picasso flowers and drops in blue, brown and grey. And nestled in the flowers are little orange Swarovski crystals - betwixt the great grey blue shapes of the song are little bursts of bright orange, like gaudy flowers hanging from the branches of the forest that was once Seattle :)
Now, I love this bracelet, but for me it doesn't encapsulate *all* of the song. And for that reason you get an extra bonus bracelet from me! At just before the four minute mark the song transitions into a softer passage, that for me is a vibrant mix of purple and turquoise. The shapes are smaller, and rounder yet sharper (I'm really can't think of a less oxymoronic way to describe it - it's difficult to describe things that only exist in your head!) The little 'flowers' or bright colour are denser and now include yellow and deep pink:
|I really must sort that sticky-out end at the front, ergh!|
And that is all from me today. I hope you didn't fall asleep during all that rambling! Thank you very much for coming and I hope to see you again soon. Please have a spiffing time goggling at all the other participants stunning creations :)