December 3, 2018

Music and Art

Tomoko sees a strong connection between music and art. She asserts: “Music and art are transformative and active.” She considers both of these creative expressions as active processes.

Both music and art draw inspiration from the close and familiar, the larger arena of life with its struggles and triumphs, and from the creator’s own imagination.

Both use a variety of tools in their creation, tools that they need to master over time. While both are creative endeavors, they also require much discipline in composition and execution.

Both draw from universal principles within their own field, and optimize the elements of their field. Interestingly, some terms are found in both fields. Rhythmic beat and symmetry are found in both fields, for example.  Tone in music encompasses duration, pitch, intensity and timbre or quality. Tone in art deals with light and dark values. But both fields use the term tone to express the mood of a piece.

Both meld intellect and emotion. While each field internalizes the technical aspects of composition (another joint term), the creators also externalize their own emotions– or capture the passions of those around them who inspire their works.

Both can move and impact their audiences as they reflect their times – or change society. Both fields can produce little known and ephemeral works, and both can produce enduring masterpieces.

Tomoko states that “music is powerful and never-ending.” The same claim could be made about art.

She also things that “art is a happy life. However, some push themselves too much so are not happy.” Again, the same cautionary tale can apply to musicians and composers. Just look at Mozart.

In any case, both music and art can inspire – yet are the result of much hard, disciplined and creative effort.

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