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Unraveling Ravel

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Date: May 30, 2014

Online: vimeo.com/110447658

An animation that visualises the 2nd movement of Maurice Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major.
By combining this piece’s historical context, music theory and my own imagination, I hope to bring out the small nuances in the music and celebrate the genius of Ravels work in an animated ballet. By doing so, I began to make a design process for designing to/for music. I started off trying to convey the piece in an object, but realized early on, that it had to be something with movement, the piece in itself is a dance with parts, so something static wouldn’t convey the same essence as the scherzo. The objects would have to move, dance, be choreographed, which I could capture best in a film. I designed four kites as my characters and animated their movements and choreography based on musical theory, history and imagination hoping that I could try to bring out the small nuances in the music and celebrate the genius of Ravel in an animated ballet.


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