Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Quilt Music



Don Freund's Quilt Horizon, commissioned by Robert and Sara LeBien for the Indiana University New Music Ensemble, is the composer's response to a brilliant and deeply engaging quilt by Melody Johnson displayed in the LeBien's home. Complete program notes at http://db.tt/6WQua4q


I had nothing to blog today, since I have been non-stop knitting, but this morning I got an email notifying me of this video. Now that's somethin' that doesn't happen everyday.

26 comments:

  1. Sharon L8:00 AM

    Oh my, what an honor!!

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  2. What can I say? I'm blown away! I can't imagine what kind of music (?) would be inspired by one of my quilts, LOL! Congratulations, Melody!!!!

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  3. my comment has nothing to do with this post... just something I found this morning on another blog.

    http://www.artfabrik.com/csof.html

    from this post

    http://fibreinspirations.blogspot.com/2012/01/firsts.html

    which talked about the chicago school of fuse....

    back to reading

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  4. This is so cool! I'm taking a design class now, in which we create design images for quilts while listening to music, among other techniques. But this is the first time I've seen a quilt inspire a musical composition. Kudos!

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  5. wow! I like the way your creativity sparks the composer's creativity!

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  6. Well, how cool is that???? That quilt must have taken you forever. It certainly shows off your machine-quilting skills! It's fun to try to imagine the conversation that led to the composer deciding to use it.

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  7. How terrific! I like the music, and it's also great to be able to see the detailed shots of the quilt and the great variety of quilting designs.

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  8. VERY fun! We so often compose to music - how nice to see music composed to quilt. Both beautiful.

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  9. Celeste Wegner10:31 AM

    How absolutely cool!! I have a famous cousin in a small corner of this world. I'm feeling proud. And what a wonderful way to interpret fabric art or any sort of art for that matter.

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  10. Anonymous11:14 AM

    Well you never know 'til you've heard it eh! They should have included the sound of your sewing machine freemotioning a quilt in a similar pattern...smile.

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  11. Wow! Touche! What an honor. I felt as though I was floating in a sea of color.

    I loved the close-ups of all the different quilting lines, especially those spirals (I don't recall ever seeing this motif before) and the music accompanying those views.

    Beautiful quilt - it must have taken a long time.Congratulations. (By the way, when I clicked on the link for the notes, it didn't work).

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  12. Wowie zowie! I love the music.

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  13. MARIJKE VAN sWAAIJ12:14 PM

    OH MELODY,THIS QUILT IS UNBELEAVEBLY BEAUTIFUL, EXCITING ART. THE MUSIC AND THE FILM MAKES YOU SEE! SO WELL. THE STORYTELLING IN THE QUILTING, THE WAY YOU MAKE THE POSSIBILLITIES OF YOUR OWN DYED FABRICS WORK DRAMATICALLY : CONGRATULATIONS AND THANKS FOR YOUR BLOG.

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  14. Wow, Melody. that is so moving. You have inspired many quilters and now musicians as well!

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  15. Anonymous3:39 PM

    This is fantastic querida!

    ~RBC

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  16. What an incredible tribute! I have to send this to my friends on the Friends of Music Board at IU!

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  17. Wow...how wonderful it that!!

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  18. What an honor Melody!
    Details on the score and his (and Melody's) inspiration can be found in this PDF,
    http://www.donfreund.com/media/scores/chamber_orchestra/Quilt_Horizon.pdf

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  19. Thank you, dakotaessence, for posting the correct link for the composer's notes.

    Melody, it was so interesting to read about what inspired you to design this quilt.It is even more moving to know the story behind it.

    On another note, the video seems to have disappeared from your site?? (I posted the link to your blog for this video on my facebook account - now one can see it!).

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  20. Mary Alice10:52 AM

    WOW!!!!!! You must be floating ABOVE the pedestal I've put you on -Congrats!

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  21. Totally, totally cool!!!

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  22. I could watch the video.

    I am blown away! Indeed, this doesn't happen every day. How does it feel to be a muse?

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  23. Wow, Melody! I learned about this on Craft Gossip. Your quilts truly are works of art, and what better homage than to have one work of art inspire another! Your work being called brilliant and deeply engaging seems to be one of the highest compliments one artist can pay another. Congratulations! You are an inspiration.

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  24. Melody, I can't tell you how much your work inspires me. I just love it. I know I've told you this over and over again, but, it's so true. To have this quilt set to music, amazing. The music makes your quilt talk and tell a story in a whole new way. Congrats, and, again, thanks for sharing your talent with the rest of the world.

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  25. AWESOME! The music and visual transported me right into your quilt.
    AWESOME!

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  26. Fantastic piece. The video is up on You Tube and one of the comments there in part reads - "I have never thought of quilts as art before." Melody, You have enlightened someone. Thank you!

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