My name is Chip Miller. I'm a software developer, concert pianist, and synesthete. My research in tuning systems, romantic music, and the keyboard works of J. S. Bach have led me to develop my own notation software, which I call "Colormusik." This software is built on the principle of readability for both performers and audiences. The result is music that is not only a visual delight, but a explanation and guide of the music's content.
It is no news that modern classical musicians are struggling to gain audiences. There are many reasons for this; since the invention of the radio, we have increasingly looked to machines to produce music. But there's a different set of reasons why most of us would rather spend two hours at a movie theater than at at symphony performance: there is no visual explanation of the music. Our modern minds are heavily fed by visual information, and our attention spans decrease tremendously when that information is not available.
Colormusik provides a "roadmap" so that audiences can, at a glance, see a musical story that will gradually unfold over any length of time.
As a software developer, I have spent thousands of hours writing - and looking at - code. In the 1980s when I started programming, software developers could stare only at monochrome monitors. When information is presented to us in black and white, our minds have to work hard to find what we seek. (Imagine what a nightmare a "Where's Waldo?" book would be in black and white!) Today's software engineers have the luxury of multi-color development environments, and are able to quickly scan thousands of lines of code easily, examining structure and context from the coloring system. Colormusik was conceived to provide this readability to musicians.
Your support in this Kickstarter campaign will help fund the publishing of the "color manual" of classical music - nearly 140 pages of pristine and exquisitely beautiful music. The manual was written by Johann Sebastian Bach in 1722, for the purpose of demonstrating the personality (actually described in previous centuries as coloring), of each of the twenty-four harmonic regions (twelve major keys, and twelve minor keys). This work is so revered in pianists' repertoire that it has been dubbed the "Old Testament" of the literature (Beethoven's Sonatas are the "New"), and was the essential guide for Beethoven, Brahms, and Schumann. It has shaped the development of classical music more than any other work in history, and to date has only been available in black and white.
Together, let's make the world's most beautiful music into the world's most beautiful music.
Risks and challenges
There are no risks associated with this campaign - I have spent approximately two hundred hours developing the Colormusik engine, and have produced all artwork shown here. I reviewed fifteen of the top NYC print shops before selecting the fine work of Print Icon of New York (http://www.printicon.com/) to deliver the 19x15 print. This print has been available for purchase on Amazon for two months, and has already been shipped to customers.
The Amazon print and reviews are available at http://www.amazon.com/Colormusik-CMLLW001-Prelude-Fugue-BWV846-847/dp/B018RP0KAE/ref=sr_1_1….Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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