Music is a visual art | Hunter Ewen | TEDxBoulder

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If you close your eyes and listen to music, do images arise in your mind? Hunter Ewen uses visuals to better codify and describe the music he composes.

Hunter Ewen is a dramatic music composer, educator and multimedia designer. During the day, Dr. Ewen teaches strategies for digital creativity at the University of Colorado, the children’s collaborative art center Reel Kids and the City of Longmont and as an independent educator. At night, he composes, solders, choreographs and directs interdisciplinary projects around the world. Experimental performance practices and unusual notation figure prominently in Ewen’s works. A believer that compositions should be both seen and heard, his music looks as strange as it sounds. Swirls, squiggles, arrows and fangs often replace traditional notes and rests. His aesthetic preferences gravitate towards yowls and yips and wails and squeals, towards screams that masquerade as art, towards clamor and deviance. Ewen’s music swings from chandeliers.

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