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When music meets design, the result becomes “Making Music Modern: Design for Ear and Eye”, a sensory landscape that’s proving to be a real delight for the eyes and the ears.
Immerse yourself in a multimedia world, a universe where objects and music become one. At least, that’s what MoMA’s latest modern art exhibition is currently offering up in an artistic dovetailing of two disciplines that turn out to have more in common than you’d might expect. On one hand, the exhibit traces the complementary ways in which tonality, harmony and improvisation have developed throughout the 20th century and how sound and innovation has revolutionized the way in which we now listen to music. On the other, it explores the work of influential designers such as Saul Bass, Jørn Utzon and Daniel Libeskind, all who have become known for dipping into a musical wellspring of inspiration to push their work to new creative limits.
Finally, it looks touches upon the alternative music scene to explore how jazz, punk and pop have all borrowed from and reinterpreted design to create their own visual identities. Here, instruments, sound systems, album sleeves and sheet music fill the corridors of the famous New York museum like never before with sound and bold image as added illustration. Consider it everything you need, to fill up on some real feel-good vibes.
Making Music Modern: Design for Ear and Eye, runs until January 17 at MoMA, 11 West 53 Street, New York, NY 10019.