As promised, here’s the outline of my creative process for the “Accord” book for the month of February. Click the hashtag for an explanation of what this bookbinding #areyoubookenough challenge is.
The theme for January was light. And, most of my consideration of it was in terms of darkness, or some measure of light’s own absence. As I started thinking about a direction for my February book, I initially couldn’t separate peace from concepts of its own absence.
Thus war and protest were the first images which rose to the top:
Though, I wasn’t satisfied. I wanted peace in all of its purity. Not in response to something else. So, I resorted to a word study and found a synonym: harmony. Then it became easy, because I’m a musician. And, harmony comes second-nature to me
But, how to take music and distill its harmonic elements into a visually appealing form? I went down a physics rabbit hole, and looked at waves, frequency, and how they relate to sound. The short story, and very non-mathematical (You’re welcome), is that when a wave travels along a fixed distance (a guitar string is easier to imagine than a piano string) it can make an audible sound. What we hear is a pitch. How often that particular wave occurs is called a frequency. When the waves occur more quickly, meaning that the distance between them is shorter, the frequency increases, and the pitch modulates into a higher register. When the frequency subdivides neatly, we get a range of pitches which, if resonating together, sound like a chord.