The Sonic Notation Orchestra (SNOrchestra) is an ever-changing group of musicians and visual artists who cross-interpret music and visual art. The project is meant to spark a lifetime of invention and exploration. The immediate goals are to learn from and share with artists working in other media and to understand our work at a deeper level so we have more control over our choices when creating our art.
Guided by a specific Challenge for each round, we interpret music visually and art musically. We have a month or two to create our piece and we post it to our fb group chat. It's an experiment. If you would like to join us, please contact me through my website or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SNOrchestra past and present members
Ingrid Anne - fine artist, musician Julie Cusack - fine artist Monica Dunne - mixed-media artist Vicki O'Donoghue - fine artist Dan Schreiner - composer, musician, visual artist Jennie Grangel- visual artist Eoin Coffey- spoken word artist, musician Tia Vellani - visual artist, musician, scientist
To kick off the project, Dan Schreiner wrote a piece of music with the awareness that it was going to be interpreted visually. It is a lyrical 4-minute piano solo called Espresso Shot(we had chosen the unifying concept of "coffee" for this part of the project). On the suggested date of Sept. 21, 2018, Dan uploaded to SoundCloud a live recording of Espresso Shot with himself on piano.
Subsequently, the visual artists each created, in private, a painting inspired by Dan's piece. We were to focus on a few elements of Espresso Shot that spoke to us to create a piece of visual art, knowing that someone would be writing music from it. I was explicit in saying that it wasn't meant to be graphic notation as such; we were not meant to try and represent the music so that someone could play it, but simply with the awareness that someone would be playing it. The first unveiling took place on Hallowe'en, 2018.
Interpretive paintings by Monica Dunne, Vicki O'Donoghue, Ingrid Anne, Tia Vellani and Jennie Grangel based on Dan Schreiner's piano piece, Espresso Shot.