Rocking Mirror (New World Symphony and AIGA)
This visual interpretation of Rocking Mirror from Takemitsu’s Yureru kagami no yoake references the tradition of visual music, and the work of artists such as Oscar Fishinger, Hans Richter, and Wassily Kandinsky, by creating a synesthetic experience based on non-objective imagery. While many of the time-based formal elements in this animation are intended to be non-representational, some of the imagery breaks from this tradition and lends itself to the creation of more figurative scenes. However, the works of early German motion designers, such as Viking Eggeling and Hans Richter have been referenced here in some of the first few scenes presented in black and white. This tradition is continued chronologically as Fischinger’s work gives inspiration for the end sequence.
This work was part of Musicians’ Forum: AIGA Centennial Celebration of Music and Design, a collaborative performance project between members of the AIGA, the professional association for design, and New World Symphony Fellows.