Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2013

7 Songs in 12 Colors
Nate Cepis

7 Songs in 12 Colors was born from ruminations about how people describe both and music and visual art. Rhythm, color, volume, and balance are a few examples of words that can be used to describe the two media. music and visual art share the same characteristics, but are experienced through different senses. This project is an experiment in taking music and translating it into a visual piece, so that others can take the visual form and play it. The viewer can get feeling for the song with out hearing it. At first glance, the viewer can feel the over all length and complexity of a song but with closer examination, one can see the patterns of how the verse switches to chorus, when the guitar breaks and when it crescendos and decrescendos among other things. Using only the guitar of each song, the primary melody instrument, I translated the music into a visual piece. The seven pieces were designed by integrating both music and visuals by harnessing pitch and duration from music, and color and shape from visual forms. The color system was based of an Isaac Newton color wheel that was created by relating sound waves to their equal color waves. The color red and the music note D have the lowest waveforms in their respective field, while the color violet and C sharp are the highest waveforms. With the potential to be applied to any song, these seven pieces can be consid- ered the first series of an ongoing project to explore the visualization of music.

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Frederico Afrange de Andrade

Cynthia Bacall

Piper Black

Shravika Bothra

Zipporah Burman

John Bussiere

Noelle Campbell

Susana Castro

Nate Cepis

Yi-Shan Chang

Lisa Seoyeon Cho

Paul Jay Choe

Sara Chou

Saiq'a S. Chowdhury

Iee Deun Eden Chung

Caitlin Clingman

Evon Coleman

Rachel Cutler

James Czyz

Mae Decena

Stephanie De Jesús

Jonathan De La Rosa

Carlos De León

Kristie DeLouise

Dawa Dolma

Erica Efstratoudakis

Alexis Dawn Ely

Beril Esin

Sofia Falcon

Francisco Flores

Erik Freer

Ying Joyce Fu

Carina Giacomelli

Ermioni Giakou

Isabel Castillo Guijarro

Alex Hack

Shaobo Han

Paulina Ho

Lauren Hodges

Jenny Holt

Vicky Huang

Jess Hutchison

Joanna Izzo

Hasita Kamlesh

Elizabeth Kenney

SoJung Kim

Jihae Kim

Michelle H. Kim

MJ Minjung Kwon

Alleson Lai

Alfred Lam

Yejin Lee

Michael Leng

Christina Lu

Chris Lunney

Maketa Mabane

Amanda Maduri

Sara Maier

Tara Mann

Jenn Martins

Caroline Mathews

Andrew McCausland

Anna McKendrick

Bryan Meador

Melanie Mencarelli

Julio Montás

Jenni Mällinen

Burak Nehbit

My Nguyen

Jacqueline Oh

Melisa Ozkan

Boram Park

Caroline Partridge

Xing Hai Piao

Brenna Pladsen

Stephanie Porzio

Rocco Rada

Jay Ramirez

Joelle Riffle

Elizabeth Rodriguez

Yvonne Romano

Juan Carlos Santos Andrade

Ariel Scala-Perykasz

Shelly Seroussi

Betty Shang

Leslie Shapiro

Jennifer Haesoo Shim

Jeemin Shim

Amos Shin

Ben Shotwell

Robyn Silev

Nika Simovich

Axel Hammarskiöld Spendrup

Lesley Sakinah Steele

Naomi Sundberg

Britt Tapsall

Sabina Telagis

Daniel Bogre Udell

Azalea Vaseghi

Will Warner

Courtney Wells

Belinda Whiteman

Bryce Williams

Anita Wong

Chu-yi Wu

Giselle Nari Wynn

Katherine Yaksich

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Emily Zhong

Michael Zoppo