Music is a blend of art and science

What do you like more … art or science? That is, are you more of a right-brained artist, or are you a left-brained scientist?

The truth is, there is no difference

In his book, “Leonardo: The First Scientist,” Michael White argues that there really isn’t any difference between artists and scientists. And that they shouldn’t be in two separate camps at all. White shows that Leonardo da Vinci—who was the very definition of a “Renaissance Man”—was an innovator in both the arts and sciences.

He wrote that “at the leading edge of science, the division between mathematics, art, and imagination becomes blurred.” And that’s a perfect description.

Color and music are also the same

In fact, this same concept applies equally well to music. Art (color) and science (music) are exactly the same. After all, they’re just different ways of looking at the very same patterns. Like two languages that tell the exact same story.

Of course, at first glance, these patterns may seem different. But you have to look a little closer … because the link between them just has a little twist.

Escher understood nature’s secret

A perfect way to think of these twisted—but very simple—patterns is to look at the art of M.C. Escher. Like this masterpiece depicting birds and fish,

Sky and Water 1 woodcut by MC Escher

Born in 1898, Escher was no fool. Just like da Vinci, he also understood nature’s secret. That is, Escher intuitively recognized the harmony between art and science. And he used that knowledge to the fullest—pushing the envelope in his works that are equal part graphics and math.

(As a side note, it boggles my mind that most of M. C. Escher’s work—including this one—was created as a woodcut. In other words, this isn’t some computer graphic, or even a painting … he actually carved this image into a piece of wood!)

So what does this all mean to you?

Of course, you may be thinking, “This picture looks awesome, but what does it have to do with music?” Well, it so happens that musical patterns really do look a lot like this image of birds and fish. Only you have to look at these patterns in just the right way.

No … musical notes aren’t animals that can swim or fly. But music patterns do suddenly spring to life when you can actually see them. And that’s what ColorMusic does—it lets you see things that you thought were impossible.

In fact, the mathematical works of da Vinci and the mind-bending symmetry of Escher are what led to the connection of ColorMusic … which proves that life really is a blend of both art and science.


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