It began with blocks of colour and a cassette tape of sounds.
This is a project that began back in 2000, I was reading Rimbaud, Vowels. It got me thinking. Was there a way to create a whole alphabet of colours? I researched synaesthesia, and stumbled across Schoenberg and Kandinsky?s work into the subject. This got me thinking about an alphabet of colours and sounds.
I created a colour block alphabet, each letter had a square colour block. Press ?a? you got a red block. ?b? a tan coloured block, and so on.
Then with the help of Ben Leighton, who helped with sounds we managed to create a simple macro based system. the sounds though were created separately on a cassette player. 26 sounds representing the alphabet that were then cut and pasted together to form ?words?. It was all very simple and raw.
I worked for several years trying to get the system to work in a more cohesive way. Technology just wasn?t there yet. Or wasn?t available to me just yet. I let it live on the shelf for a long time.
Then back in 2013 I had a chance conversation with Liz Dobson, Lecturer at Huddersfield University. She was starting a collaborative space where creatives could collaborate on projects. Through this group I met Reuben Thomas and Alex Baker.