Welcome to a very special Wednesday post!
I'm participating in Erin's Challenge of Music. The other participants and I were challenged to pick a song and design an accessory based on it -- a physical interpretation of sound. After going to a Zoe Keating concert in Chicago a few weeks ago, I had my inspiration. Specifically, her song Exurgency, which she played at the concert, and which is my favorite.
For those of you who don't know, Zoe Keating is a cellist. She uses technology to record and layer multiple tracks so it sounds like she's playing with an orchestra. Not only does she do this with her recordings... but she does this live, too!
Seeing her in person is incredible. She's a gifted performer as well as musician, keeping her audience entertained with anecdotes (and sometimes orchestra jokes) while she tunes her instrument. My favorite was one about living in a factory building with a bunch of other musicians and playing impromptu concerts while the audience was stretched out on futons. I would have loved to have been there for that!
Here's what I created based on her music:
This necklace is called So Many Permutations. Zoe confessed during the concert that she creates several variations of every piece, and that choosing just one to add to an album can be hard. She makes up for this by playing any version she likes when she's performing live. As a jewelry artist who gets multiple idea for a single piece, I get this, and I appreciate it.
This necklace represents a pattern I see in Zoe's work, especially the music she plays live. It starts off small and simple, then gradually builds to something larger, with more layers and textures, until it swells and fills the whole room.
It reminds me of the concert in a literal way, too. She was wearing a black shirt with sparkly silver accents (in Vanessa's words, she was a ninja cello goddess). Under her black pants, she wore leggings with crazy abstract floral designs in orange, black and white, which is where I got the idea for the focal piece.
Every time I look at this necklace, the song plays in my head, and I can't help but feel happy. That day was a reminder to me that there's still magic in the world, for lack of a better word. Fantastic things happen all around us. It's just a matter of opening up to them, letting them devour us, even if it's just for a few hours.
Thanks for reading this post, whether you're a participant, a regular reader, or a musician. I hope you'll love Zoe's work as much as I do, and I hope you'll visit the other participants! I can't wait to see what music they've chosen and what they've made.
Also, if you haven't read my reveal post for the Mystery Project, you can do that here!
And finally... have a sequintastic day!