I created some more mood music, this time using data collected from my friend sasha. Check out the outcome with her reaction below!
Busking for anxieties is an attempt to get the issues of anxiety to be discussed in a space where they wouldn't usually be. Such as on the south bank. People were asked for fill out cards with the question 'What makes you feel anxious' and 'What makes you feel better', these cards were then stuck on the 'Anxiety Wall' that is cardboard along the sea wall. This was filled with anxieties and it became a space for the light hearted discussion and digestion of peoples anxieties.
There was a great response from many people. Some people took it as an opportunity to instantly open up and start talking to my helpers Jean Luc and Will about their anxiety issues. It also became a fun place for people to listen to music and look at others anxieties and what makes them feel better and compare with their own experiences hopefully encouraging feelings of empathy and solidarity within their world of anxiety.
If you would like to potentially be involved with the future of this project please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I used the mood data collected to create 'music' Kinda... check it out in the vid
I was planning to create some musical notation for musicians to improvise. The idea being they record their own anxieties/feelings about music and their musical identity, record it using a formulated notation system.
Every week for a year, designers Giorgia Lupi and Stephanie Posavec sent each other postcards charting something in their lives, for laughter to travel to phone addiction. They use beautiful illustrated infographics that could all become musical notation i would love to try and achive something along these lines and i think i should do it with myself to start!
This is great, a really visual and sonic way of showing how bad health choices can affect the workings of your body. I like the idea of trying something along these lines using mental health instead of physical health.
In history there has been a near fetishization of the relationship between mental health and creativity, that fine line between genius and insanity is where some people aim to be to be at their creative peak. While this could in some ways suggest the struggling creative may not need help, this year artists sharing their mental problems has led to a more normalised view on mental health issues.
Pete Dohertie's anxiety attacks before libertines shows, Ezra Furman's songs discussing mental precariousness, florence welshes public account of her depression and Kendrick Lamar admitting he had suicidal thoughts during tour are just a handful of the examples of musicians being open and public with their problems. This has also been seen in other public figures like Ruby Walsh, Kerry Catona, Paul Gascoin and Stephen Fry.
This is a very encouraging shift in the way mental health is viewed, however there is still a long way to go before our attitude towards it change fully and effectively.
I have playlists and albums I have saved to my phone on Spotify. I recently deleted all the music from my iTunes to save space and now solely use Spotify. The problem is when you save music to Spotify to listen offline it has to download using Wifi, now this is fine but for some silly reason, sometimes it decides it needs to download it again. So the anger comes when i have saved and album at home to listen to on my route to uni, then when i go to listen to it it says its not downloaded as it took off to make space for something else! I DIDNT ASK FOR THIS I AM OUTRAGED, so i end up listening to the same shitty playlst i am very bored of. ALSO it doesnt have a page for your downloaded music WHY NOT SILLY
unarticulate rant over...
Album artwork is aiming to visually represent the music and sometimes gives a glimmer of the artist themselves. I think they are very special pieces of design as they can give you some indication of the mood and feeling of the music inside, possibly predisposing you to how the music is supposed to sound and therefore affecting how you listen to it and interpret it!
Can this idea of 'giving an indication of whats inside' be re purposed and used to give an indication of what is inside someones mind?
I have tried to choose art that looks as if it could have some kind of connection to mental health...