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Parsons School of Design MFA Design and Technology program theses2016 ➔ Animato: Exploring Musical Language through Animation


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Anezka Sebek (thesis advisor)
Edward Jefferson (thesis advisor)
Kate Sicchio (thesis advisor)
Andrew Zornoza (thesis advisor)
Tammy Lian (designer)


May 11 2016


Animato explores the language that we use to understand music: how we talk about music through familiar metaphors such as motion, space, form, and emotion, and how these metaphors in turn influence our perception of music. The animation tells the story of a girl who travels through a surreal daydream as she contemplates the nature of music. Animato pulls excerpts from Maurice Ravel’s piano suite Miroirs, a piece which aims to express extramusical ideas through music. In parallel, Animato considers the way we talk about music through non-musical metaphors. Ultimately, it poses the idea that music may be unfathomable, particularly through our usual avenues of communication. Through visual storytelling, I hope to engage audiences in a conversation about the way we traditionally think about classical music. Animato is meant to be enjoyed by a wide range of audiences, but targets those with previous musical background by drawing on conventional metaphors of musical discourse.




Tammy Lian. Animato: Exploring Musical Language through Animation. May 11 2016. Parsons School of Design MFA Design and Technology program theses; 2016. New School Archives and Special Collections Digital Archive. Web. 14 Oct 2019.

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