When I Listen to Matt Bellamy’s Swirling Guitar Playing my Forged Silver Jewellery Takes on it’s Metaphysical Shape.

When I Listen to Matt Bellamy’s Swirling Guitar Playing my Forged Silver Jewellery Takes on it’s Metaphysical Shape.

“I was wondering if you listen to music when you shape the silver, or just follow your drawing’s vibes? I got wondering, if there was a metaphysical and energetic influence of the music on the shape the silver takes, because of the physical sound wave of music, I am very curious to know if it might, or not. I like the idea of it, the jewel containing the essence of the music/sound because the sound shaped the jewel and the metal captured the vibrations.”

I was asked this by an excellent bass playing friend on Facebook Messenger the other day in the course of a chat about a ring. Well, I am not a physicist, acoustician or neuroscientist so I can’t tell you exactly how sound and my synaesthesia interact. What I can do is describe the effect the music has on me and my synaesthesia and how those vibrations come out in what I make.

The short answer is yes. I do listen to the music, and I do translate the visual, metaphorical and emotional effect of that music directly into the silver I am working. Given that the pieces I am working on currently are all based on the playing of one musician I listen to his playing A LOT. You’d think that familiarity would diminish the energy, it hasn’t.

I expect you may have gathered that the musician in question is the guitarist from Muse, conjurers of baroque, psychedelic, space prog. Matt Bellamy, yes I spend an inordinate amount of time with his swirling, chaotic guitar sound in my ears. I search the live performances and the bootlegs as each song is played differently every time, (thank you YouTube…) It is like living with an exquisite work of art; I hear a new facet to his playing in each listening. So, no I don’t get bored, the three-dimensionality of the visuals I get are stunning, and they are translated into the silver I work. Each piece of silver is a snippet of pure sound, a response to the spectacular synaesthetic reaction I get while I listen to that distorted guitar sound. I could extrapolate a lifetime of work from the playing of so many of the musicians I hear. One short snippet of playing could be a month’s work if I let it. My experience is very rich and dense.

The sound waves enter my ears, pretty high-frequency ones given the pitch of an electric guitar and the aura of distortion that surrounds it. My brain perceives this stimulus as both sound, and for some reason as a thing to see, it creates a twisted, three dimensional, silvery, sweeping miracle. The I follow the elation of this and translate into solid silver shapes, shapes to wear and shapes to convey some of that energy and strength that comes out of the music in those good vibrations.

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Synaesthetic sketch - distorted guitar playing.
Synaesthetic sketch – distorted guitar playing.

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