Synaesthesia II is a musical composition that will be performed by an orchestra of 25 guitarists on June 14th, 2014 at the Goat Farm in Goodson Yard. The guitarists, dubbed the Color-Tone Drone Orchestra, will be evenly separated into groups of five, and each group will be conducted by one of five globes of colored light. As a globe displays a color, each player in the group will strum a note indicated by the corresponding color-coded fret on his or her guitar. Each light will be programmed to represent one of five layers of the musical composition.
Using this system of colorizing notes, prior knowledge of the composition is not required, and the group can effectively perform the piece with minimal practice, much like using traditional sheet music. However, unlike sheet music, the light cues are visible to the audience, which encourages spectators themselves to draw links between the sounds they hear and the colors they see.
Opening sets from Currency and Duet for Theremin & Lap Steel