This week I heard Mahler’s Symphony of a thousand at the Kimmel Center with Yanick Nezet Sequin conducting.
It was a wonderful performance balletically conducted by Sequin. But even before it began the whole scene was beautiful to look at with the combination of red wood tones, the black and white of all the performer's formal wear and the huge glorious organ at the back of the stage.
As the oboist hit the perfect A440 the concert master tuned his strings accordingly and all the players tuned their instruments, I once again wished that there was a tuned instrument that allowed me to play colors in time and that others would have tuned instruments with various textures to play along with me. How glorious it would be.
We take for granted that musical instruments are tuned to a finite set of tones and because of this music can be written down and performed by anyone. This makes possible great symphonies with multiple instruments producing magnificent sound.
It could be the same with color if only someone would design an instrument to play a tuned set of colors in real time to get the ball rolling.
Pass this along to a techy friend or two. Times awastin!
Here are a couple of examples of what it might look like for one instrument to play colors.
or maybe like this
or even this