Graphical Jazz

This is a great example of great music combined with intelligent web design. (Note: It may take a minute to load.)

Giant Steps

via Anil Dash

From the creator Michal Levy.

About the Project: Giant Steps Graduation Project, Visual Communication Department, "The academy of Arts and Design, Bezalel".

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 movie. I have chosen a short Jazz piece, which I have known for many years of my playing the saxophone: "Giant Steps" by John Coltrane. Coltrane made a major break through with his album "Giant Steps" in the year 1959. It was the first time in the history of Jazz music that someone based his music on symmetrical patterns, which stemmed from a mathematical division of the musical scale. The structural approach of John Coltrane to music is associated with architectural thinking. The musical theme defines a space and the musical improvisation is like someone drifting in that imaginary space.

"Architecture is crystallized music". Goethe.