Scriabin, colour scales and project X

referring to the colour scale for music table i used to translate rich batsford’s midi note info into light:

i used the dd jameson (who wrote a book called Colour-Music) scale last time. this time i decided to use scriabin for it was less linear – it doesn’t simply translate the roygbiv colours to the seven notes like newton originally did, it uses a circle of fifths to achieve the matchings – so looking further into Scriabin i found this:

Before his death, Scriabin was working towards one such megalomaniacal venture, titled Mysterium, which was to be performed in the foothills of the Himalayas. He imagined bells suspended from clouds to summon spectators, sunrises as preludes and sunsets as codas, flames throwing up sheets of fire, and scents choreographed in the air. At the end of the seven-day performance, his antithesis to God’s creation, the world was to explode in an apocalyptic flash of mystical bliss.
“There will not be a single spectator. All will be participants. The work requires special people, special artists and a completely new culture. The cast of performers includes an orchestra, a large mixed choir, an instrument with visual effects, dancers, a procession, incense, and rhythmic textural articulation. The cathedral in which it will take place will not be of one single type of stone but will continually change with the atmosphere and motion of the Mysterium. This will be done with the aid of mists and lights, which will modify the architectural contours.”

if that isn’t close to what project x is trying to achieve i don’t know what is! bring on the apocalyptic flash of mystical bliss…



  1. Gary Judge · September 3, 2008

    I like the idea of matching colour to notes. Will this need to be prepared or is it something you can process in realtime?

  2. chromatouch · September 3, 2008

    realtime midi control, using vjo

  3. Gary Judge · September 4, 2008


  4. Evgenia Papadimas · May 19, 2010

    Must be the most magical experience!!!

    Bless Him !!!!!

  5. Evgenia Papadimas · May 19, 2010

    Must be the most magical experience!!!

    Bless the genious who think that way !!!!!

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