The Texture of Dynamics and Rhythm

In speaking of texture in music, composer Richard Vella writes of
“Other qualitative words  used to describe the density of a texture are ‘opaque’, ‘transparent’, sinewy and dark”(Vella,R 2000)
Vella stresses that is not just the texture of a piece of music that may give it its character and meaning but often it is also the way the music
may contrast and change  between textures.  It could be useful tool to develop your animation projects considering them in terms of how
they remain fixed in one type of texture, combine,develop or transform their texture.  For example Animated films could benefit from gradual or sudden transitions from opaque to transparent, dark and light, gritty to smooth – in terms of narrative development as well as surface or material textures. -see also  Vellas online writing on spatial and texture qualities of sound from this link

Music and sound also influences our perception of movement and its expressive quality. Movement in conjunction with Music  and by itself was discussed as having aesthetic properties ( creating specific textures) as early as 1889 in Philosopher of Aesthetics, Paul Souriau “The Aesthetics of Movement”, “auditory sensations contribute in a large part to determining the aesthetic value of the movement of objects”*  Souriau also attributes great expressive power to subtleties in speed and changes of movement referring to animal and human locomotion , actors and  dancers, yet his comments surely apply now equally to animated film; “The finest nuances of feeling can be expressed by an alteration in the rhythm”  and ” The only danger that the use of photography may present for the fine arts is to tempt artists to reproduce literally.”

The Texture of Dynamics and Rhythm.

Choreographer and “pioneer of modern dance” Doris Humphrey also places a special importance on texture in relation to all artforms;

    “In painting this would be surface texture,color and intensity;in music timbre plus loud,soft, legato and staccato; in movement,smooth and sharp plus gradations in tension.  I think of dynamics as a scale extending from  the smoothness of cream to the sharpness of a tack hammer.And the whole scale is subject to endless variations in tempo and tension; slow-smooth with force;fast-smooth with little force(rather blunt),slow smooth without tension (dreamy sluggish or despairing) and so forth. ”   ” Rhythm so permeates every aspect of human beings, and indeed the known world that it might be compared to the ambience of existence,”  The Art of Making Dances.    (Humphrey,D 1959)
A film that is shaped entirely by the texture of  its rhythm( and themes of loneliness,companionship , and sexual fantasies), featured at MIAF 2013
TRAM  by Michaela Pavlatova 2012

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