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What does this painting sound like?

August 6, 2009

What does this painting sound like?

CathedralJackson Pollock’s “Cathedral” (1947), shown left, is a riot of yellows, greens, blacks and whites executed in the painter’s trademark drip style.

But what does it sound like?

It’s a speculative, maybe even silly question. But the Dallas Museum of Art and students at the University of Texas at Dallas have embarked on a project to answer it as best they can.

Their efforts — lead by Frank DuFour, who teaches a sound design class at UTD — have resulted in a series of digital soundscapes to accompany specific works in the museum’s collection.

Visitors can listen to the soundtracks using their iPhones or other hand-held Internet devices. (The museum has about 20 iPhones available to check out.) Each musical clip lasts anywhere from 40 seconds to more than a minute.

Seven works are featured in the project: Pollock’s “Cathedral”; Frederic Edwin Church’s painting “The Icebergs” (1861); a Roman mosaic titled “Orpheus Taming Wild Animals”; an ancient statue of the Mexican rain god Tlaloc; an Indonesian “protective” sculpture; a Japanese sculpture from the 16th or 17th century titled “Emma-O”; and a pair of Tiffany Windows.

From LAT Home > Arts

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You can listen to the soundtracks for “Cathedral” and “The Icebergs” here.

One Comment leave one →
  1. severnyproductions permalink
    August 6, 2009 1:17 am

    a pure harmony

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