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John Coltrane’s Giant Steps animated

From Israeli artist and musician Michal Levy, created from her experiences with synesthetia, enjoy John Coltrane‘s classic composition in an architectural animated form: Giant Steps (2001).

When I listen to music I see colors and shapes and when I watch visual art I hear sounds. I wanted to express my sensing of shapes, colors and music in this short animation.

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I chose this piece because I’ve struggled to play it for many years and I wanted to gain a deeper understanding of it. “Giant Steps” was also a major breakthrough in the history of Jazz music. It was the first time that music was based on symmetrical patterns, which stemmed from a mathematical division of the musical scale.

I translated Coltrane’s mathematical approach to architecture. His musical theme defines a space and the musical improvisation is like someone drifting in that imaginary space.

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coltrane animated
Previously from Levy: Dance of Harmony, an animated synesthetic voyage.

Next: The Beautiful Relationship Between Physics and Jazz.

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