My sites...

Posted by: Alex S

My sites... - Mon, 17 Apr 2006 02:28:00

Can't remember if I posted these here before, but doing it again can't do any harm! I run the following websites - most of which are long overdue an update...

http://www.sevenzero.net
- a Doctor Who fan site

http://thegabrielroom.free.fr
- a Peter Gabriel fan site

http://www.fatdog-comics.co.uk
- my comic artwork

http://www.thelightdream.net
- digital artwork
Posted by: maryann

Re: My sites... - Tue, 18 Apr 2006 04:10:00

Alex: Just took a peek at your digital art website. Very impressive.
Posted by: Alex S

Re: My sites... - Tue, 18 Apr 2006 04:45:00

Thanks smile

I have to admit, there are some pieces on there that are blatantly inspired by John Foxx's Cathedral Oceans piecs - though I'm happy to say that by studying and being inspired by John's artwork I learned a few new things along the way!

The rest is all inspired by music or my own dreams, visions etc. Haven't done anything new in a long while. It's a hobby, though I'd like to do more with digital art at some point. I'm a graphic designer, but in all the jobs I do, there's never the scope for such visual creativity - or I'm yet to get a brief that needs something surreal!!

There is some more recent(ish) work on my Gabriel site, that I'm pleased with, at http://thegabrielroom.free.fr/gabrielArtHome.htm
Posted by: maryann

Re: My sites... - Tue, 18 Apr 2006 22:36:00

My replies have been disappearing into the ether so here goes again:
Wow !! I think my fave is Digging in the Dirt and I Don't Remember certainly pays homage to the song.
The more I pay attention to the every day, the more I notice the surreal. Most people don't know enough to "request" surreal (in your line of work) but if you could somehow sneak it in I am positive it would be well received. It certainly would catch my eye (it did)
Posted by: Alex S

Re: My sites... - Thu, 20 Apr 2006 08:05:00

Quote:
Originally posted by maryann:
My replies have been disappearing into the ether so here goes again:
Wow !! I think my fave is Digging in the Dirt and I Don't Remember certainly pays homage to the song.
Thanks smile

Trying to 'illustrate' a song in the abstract form is both a difficult and interesting thing to try and do. As a very visual person, perhaps its easier for me than others - I don't know. It's trying to recreate what you see or feel in your head. Now I sound completely crazy!

Maybe I should try some artwork for John Foxx songs at some point. I do feel a strong connection with Peter Gabriel's music though, so it came quite easily.

I haven't had time to do anything else like this since. THough recently I've been preoccupied with actually making music, so that's another distraction!!
Posted by: maryann

Re: My sites... - Thu, 20 Apr 2006 22:12:00

You are very fortunate to be a visual person and to realize your visions. I cannot do that but I sure can relate to and/or appreciate the talent and end results. I particularly like photography as an art form.
Keep it up!! smile
Posted by: maryann

Re: My sites... - Thu, 20 Apr 2006 22:16:00

[QUOTE]Originally posted by Alex S:
Maybe I should try some artwork for John Foxx songs at some point.

If I could be so forward as to make a request/suggestion: Maximum Acceleration (one of my all time favorite songs)
Posted by: Alex S

Re: My sites... - Thu, 20 Apr 2006 23:43:00

Quote:
Originally posted by maryann:
[QUOTE]Originally posted by Alex S:
Maybe I should try some artwork for John Foxx songs at some point.

If I could be so forward as to make a request/suggestion: Maximum Acceleration (one of my all time favorite songs)
He he - interesting request! I had thought about Slow Motion in the past. The way I visualise a song might match my vision, but not necessarily yours - but it would be interesting to try.....

Maximum Acceleration is one of my favourites from Systems of Romance. Leave that with me!
Posted by: Havocman

Re: My sites... - Fri, 21 Apr 2006 00:03:00

Nice work Alex. laugh

Interesting to see your work based on your synesthaesia as I get this to a certain extent. Unfortunately, I'm not particularly artistic so the likelihood of me being able to produce something tangible from this is probably nil! It does add something to music though so mustn't complain! smile
Posted by: maryann

Re: My sites... - Fri, 21 Apr 2006 00:07:00

Glad to pique your creative curiosity! <img border="0" alt="[Suave]" title="" src="graemlins/suave.gif" />
Posted by: Alex S

Re: My sites... - Fri, 21 Apr 2006 00:17:00

Quote:
Originally posted by Havocman:
Nice work Alex. laugh

Interesting to see your work based on your synesthaesia as I get this to a certain extent.
Thanks smile

The whole synesthaesia thing is really interesting. There was finally a programme on TV last year about it, which was fascinating. Because music triggers colours or textures, I find it easy to visualise some songs, though not all.
Posted by: Havocman

Re: My sites... - Fri, 21 Apr 2006 00:41:00

Mrs Havocman is totally bemused when I am able to describe what I "see" when listening to a song. It was thought at one time that synthesthaesia was a form of mental illness and Mrs H would certainly be in agreement. smile

I can understand that music can trigger mental pictures in some people (and I suspect that it is more common than 1 in 100 people who experience this). However, I can't see why I associate colours with days of the week - it seems completely off the wall. nutjob

Perhaps this should be a subject for another thread? wink
Posted by: Alex S

Re: My sites... - Fri, 21 Apr 2006 02:26:00

</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Havocman:
<strong>However, I can't see why I associate colours with days of the week - it seems completely off the wall. bemused
Posted by: Havocman

Re: My sites... - Fri, 21 Apr 2006 17:06:00

For me the days of the week are:

Monday - Blue
Tuesday - White
Wednesday - Brown
Thursday - Red
Friday - Yellow
Saturday - Black
Sunday - Green

So, it's off to the asylum then. nutjob wink
Posted by: Alex S

Re: My sites... - Fri, 21 Apr 2006 18:10:00

Yep! Then we can argue about whose weekday colours are correct!! lmao
Posted by: Havocman

Re: My sites... - Fri, 21 Apr 2006 22:09:00

biglaugh biglaugh biglaugh
Posted by: METAL BEAT

Re: My sites... - Fri, 21 Apr 2006 23:20:00

Hi Alex
I have just been though your sites. You are certainly a very talented artist. I love your digital photos.
wink

I've never given any thought about colours for everyday of the week.
Peter
Posted by: maryann

Re: My sites... - Sat, 22 Apr 2006 00:03:00

Me neither. But I can tell you that things are more colorful for me in the non-winter months.
Must be fascinating to have days correlate with colors!!
Posted by: Havocman

Re: My sites... - Sat, 22 Apr 2006 00:33:00

Quote:
Originally posted by maryann:
Must be fascinating to have days correlate with colors!!
If you'll pardon the pun, it's an everyday thing that just happens and has been like that for as long as I can remember. From my point of view (and probably Alex's as well) it isn't possible to think of days without the association of colours. And it isn't just days of the week - most words and pretty much all music have/has a "colour" for me.

As a matter of interest, there are many different types (and, looking at the comments above, spellings) of synaesthesia. It seems to involve the combination of two or more senses. This link is worth a look:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sn/tvradio/programmes/horizon/derek_qa.shtml

laugh
Posted by: maryann

Re: My sites... - Sat, 22 Apr 2006 02:48:00

WOW nervouslaugh Is it intense or does it just kind of permeate everything? Do you even notice it or it just is?? I hope you guys understand what I am trying to say. confused
Posted by: Havocman

Re: My sites... - Mon, 24 Apr 2006 20:22:00

Quote:
Originally posted by maryann:
WOW nervouslaugh Is it intense or does it just kind of permeate everything? Do you even notice it or it just is?? I hope you guys understand what I am trying to say. confused
Hi Maryann

Sorry for the delay - don't tend to log on over the weekend due to the carrier pigeon nature of our home internet connection.

I don't know if you should be envious - I've don't know what life is like without it! From my point of view, it is only intense if I can concentrate on the effects to the exclusion of everything else - certainly with the connection between colours and music. On an everyday level it is there but, to a certain extent, in the background. There are usually too many other things going on as a distraction especially when not at home. However, if Mrs H and I are sat with music on I can "tune in" much better and it is much clearer for want of a better word. smile

The experience is probably different for all synthaesthetes (new word!)- how does it affect you, Alex? smile
Posted by: maryann

Re: My sites... - Tue, 25 Apr 2006 00:16:00

Mr Havocman: Not to worry; I have the same probs at home. Truly fascinating stuff and unfortunately I cannot relate. Wish I could experience it though !
Posted by: Alex S

Re: My sites... - Wed, 26 Apr 2006 19:41:00

Quote:
Originally posted by Havocman:
[QUOTE]
The experience is probably different for all synthaesthetes (new word!)- how does it affect you, Alex? smile
Hmmm - I'm not sure! I guess I never notice because I take it for granted. My partner understands synaesthesia and she can relate to a degree - but in a different way to me - maybe more numerical. My numbers do have colours but nowhere near as strong as days.

Anyway, with music, I guess if I hear a song that I like, in addition to liking the music, there are colours or textures to go with it, which adds to the appeal. For example I was woken up by the new Pet Shop Boys single on the radio the other day and that had a lasting effect on me for the rest of the day.

I've been making my own music recently, which is quite a colourful experience I have to say!
Posted by: Alex S

Re: My sites... - Wed, 26 Apr 2006 19:43:00

...should have started a synaesthesia thread!!
Posted by: Havocman

Re: My sites... - Wed, 26 Apr 2006 19:53:00

Quote:
Originally posted by Alex S:
I've been making my own music recently, which is quite a colourful experience I have to say!
I always found that anything I wrote myself was exceptionally bright as regards colours whereas other people's music doesn't always present such a strong reaction.

As regards numbers, I don't get such a strong link with colours although there is still alink. The fact that I work as an accountant ( <img border="0" alt="[Shake head]" title="" src="graemlins/shakehead.gif" /> ) may well mean that I just don't notice it as much.
smile
Posted by: Alex S

Re: My sites... - Wed, 26 Apr 2006 22:21:00

Well, numbers are my enemy! So since I try to avoid maths on a daily basis I guess I don't allow much time for any colour analysis!!
Posted by: Alex S

Re: My sites... - Wed, 26 Apr 2006 22:24:00

Quote:
Originally posted by maryann:
Glad to pique your creative curiosity! <img border="0" alt="[Suave]" title="" src="graemlins/suave.gif" />
I started a piece whilst playing Maximum Acceleration - didn't get very far as I was tired. Gonna have to find a better time to concentrate. Though something tells me it's likely to be pinks, greys and white.

I find the whole album to be consistent in similar colours actually. I think there are a lot of layers to explore before I can create a decent interpretation...
Posted by: Cerise

Re: My sites... - Thu, 27 Apr 2006 00:36:00

Did you know that there's a Blue Man Group track called Synaesthetic? Very good it is too. Wonder what kind of colours it would conjure..?!
Posted by: Alex S

Re: My sites... - Thu, 27 Apr 2006 01:15:00

Quote:
Originally posted by Cerise:
Did you know that there's a Blue Man Group track called [b]Synaesthetic? Very good it is too. Wonder what kind of colours it would conjure..?![/b]
I suppose blue would be a bit predictable? laugh
Posted by: CONNY'S PIG

Re: My sites... - Mon, 22 Jan 2007 04:26:00

Alex,
Just downloaded your 'Synthesis' album and will transfer to my ipod shortly. Your music is quite soothing me old son, first impressions anyway. Will check out your other 'Releases' when time permits. Good stuff, and your sites are great too.
Cheers. wink