Using John Cage's composition "In a Landscape" as a starting point, the project investigates the transportation of the viewer into the musical text. The relationship between the act of listening and the act of viewing is considered when the music begins to intrude on the visual world.
In a Landscape illustrates the space where music collides with the visual world, evoking the state of being in two worlds at once, creating artificial synesthesia. This project investigates how to encourage a visual awareness of auditory experience. This project creates a sort of abstract sculpture that will enable people to understand John Cage’s piece in a visual way.
In a Landscape by John Cage was written for the dancer Louise Lippold in 1948. It premiered in Black Mountain, North Carolina on August 20, 1948. The length is 8 minutes and the piece may be played on the harp or piano. The piece is similar to Cage’s “Dream.” The structure of the piece follows the rhythmic patterns of the choreographed dance for which it was composed.