Part of a series of six experiments, using specific colour coded samples of noise to create musical experiments that correspond to a colour palette.‘Red, White + Blue (+ Black in the Union Jack)’ is the second in the series reflecting on the anthropology of colour and noise, using this and the persistence of vision phenomena as vital metaphors for identity and place. Sound colours are assigned according to the way the frequency of a particular sound corresponds to the light wave frequencies of a particular colour. The sound waves that make up red noise, for example, have the same frequency as light waves that create the colour red though the hue varies. The series also alludes to early optical film experiments with sound and visuals, sometimes called 'colour music'. Note that 'Black' is considered as silence by some theorists...
"Turn it up! Bring the noise!" Public Enemy.
Dedicated to Nam June Paik and Prof. Stuart Hall.
© Poulomi Desai. usurp.org.uk. For exhibition purposes, the series are multi-screened on loop simultaneously with adaptations to site specific conditions.
“While noise is by definition derived from a random signal, it can have different characteristic statistical properties corresponding to different mappings from a source of randomness to the concrete noise. Spectral density (power distribution in the frequency spectrum) is such a property, which can be used to distinguish different types of noise. This classification by spectral density is given "colour" terminology, with different types named after different colors, and is common in different disciplines where noise is an important factor (like acoustics, electrical engineering, and physics). However, different fields may use the terminology with different degrees of specificity”. Wiki.