Visual Phrasing: manifesting the power of musical expression
Within the field of Visual Music there has been an ongoing search for visual aesthetics that possess a power of emotional expression comparable to music. This thesis focuses on exploring visual phrasing as a materialization of the qualities of musical expression. I experimented with immersing myself in the experience of listening to a piece of music, allowing my spontaneous responses to guide the movement of my hand. The experiment created a collection of over 1000 automatic drawings, representing visual data of my instinctive reactions to music. This exegesis presents an analysis of the experimental outcomes of the drawings’ expressive qualities, as I have interpreted them, and proposes a notion of visual phrasing.