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A conversation with symphonism through a visualised poem ‘“On How The Palace Bridge Opens up its Hands…”

(work-in-progress in collaboration with Bart Dewolf, Diren Agbaba and Aram Karakhanyan)


This visualisation of the poem is our current work-in-progress. I am committed to providing regular updates (July-Dec 2020) on the development of the experiment to keep the creative process on track.

Sonata-allegro form is a musical form used in thousands of musical works, states M.Kazinnik [Казиник M, Тайны гениев 2019, АСТ, ISBN 978-5-17-109042-5], including:

– all first parts of all Haydn’s symphonies (there are more than a hundred of them);
– all the first parts of all Mozart’s symphonies (there are more than forty of them);
– all the first parts of all symphonies of Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms.

What’s  surprising is the fact that the greatest creators of XX century music from Shostakovich and Prokofiev to Hindemith, Stravinsky and Schnittke, despite all their innovations in their musical language, retained, nevertheless, a sonata form, which has not still exhausted itself [Казиник M, Тайны гениев 2019, АСТ, ISBN 978-5-17-109042-5].

The study of the poem “On How The Palace Bridge Opens up its Hands…” will allow us to see the presence of a sonata allegro form in the structure of this short piece as well as the principles of counterpoint construction of the poem and the polyphonic thinking.

The work includes the following layers:

1. The text of the poem (ready).
2. The audio visualisation: the voice-over and soundscape (ready).
3. The drawings in ink-and-acryl (the visualisation of the poem is currently  in progress. Bart Dewolf (visual artist) is putting the poem into the drawings in ink and acryl (summer 2020).
4. The film: Diren Agbaba (cameraman) is going to film the drawings to bring still images to life (by the end of 2020).

We use the classical animation technique in which each shot is drawn by hand.

Production Process

1. The poem is written.
2. The poem is voiced-over and sounded.
3. The literary source material is converted into an animation film script, from which the storyboard is derived.
4. The storyboard has an appearance somewhat similar to a comic book, and it shows the sequence of shots as consecutive sketches that also indicate  camera movements, angles, and framing.
5. The model sheets are prepared for all important characters and props in the film; these are used to help standardise appearance, poses, and gestures. These model sheets show how the characters and object look from a variety of angles with a variety of poses and expressions so that the artist working on the project can deliver consistent work.
6. The final drawings are produced at 16:9 aspect ratio. Once the drawings are ready, the filming starts.
7. The film is made in a 2D format.

Learn more about this part of my research here.
Learn more about symphonism in poetry and arts.

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