About this project
At nearly 400 pages of full-color artwork and editorial, Chromatic: The Crossroads of Color and Music is a dynamic print presentation of independent musicians and artists who are using or exploring color in unorthodox ways. It’s a highly saturated, prismatic presentation of some of today’s most adventurous underground artists, with the same stylistic reach and aesthetic standards that readers expect from ALARM Press.
Over the course of 12 chapters, readers are introduced to:
- Composers and other famous musicians who experience musical synesthesia, the involuntary intersection of senses where someone might “see” notes as different colors or shapes
- The concept of audible color, including the proposed mathematical correlation between color and pitch, and then crossing into psychedelic music, timbre (“colors” of sound), blue notes, and the chromatic scale
- Musicians who create concept albums based on color
- Performers who saturate their stage shows in vibrant shades
- Those who explore the absence of color
- Kaleidoscopic, polychromatic cover art
- Bands photographed in their favorite hues
- Wild illustrations of musical notes translated into hues to create elaborate geometric works of art
- Special guest editors and featured artists who share their inspirations, including photo-realistic collage artist Sonny Kay and iconoclastic printmaking duo Seripop.
- Among dozens of other contemporary musicians and artists, Chromatic features: Daft Punk, Blue Man Group, John Zorn / The Dreamers, The Zhou Brothers, Jónsi & Fifty Nine Productions, Ratatat, Holy F*ck, Andy Gilmore, Damon Locks, Kaki King, The Dear Hunter, and Rob Mazurek.
ALARM Press needs your help to release Chromatic as the striking print publication that it was intended to be. By supporting us with one of the Kickstarter options, you’re not only getting one of the most unique and colorful music books of the year; you’re supporting both independent publishing and independent music and art, two areas that are vital to our culture and society.
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