Nocturne in B-flat minor, Op. 9, No. 1
Played by Vadim Chaimovich
The idea behind these videos is coming from a research published by the Psychology Department of Berkeley University studying the relation between colors, emotions and how external stimuli are impacting decision making.
The study results demonstrate a strong correlation between faster music in minor tone and the choice from participants of colors from that were saturated, yellower and lighter whereas a slower and minor music produced the opposite pattern (choice of desaturated, darker and bluer colors).
Based on these findings, we wanted to create synesthesia in our videos and trigger more intense and long-lasting emotions in our viewers, get higher audience retention and interaction. We decided to do that by associating drawings from the major painters that were following the scientific findings of this research.
The choice of these paintings and the consecutive association with the music is also based on an accurate work that requires significant time and energy.
The analysis of the melodies returned to us a lot of information on how the painting should have been made. We needed a simple pattern, with the gray dominant but with an intrinsic meaning. Something that people could watch for a while without really understand it.
By creating this video I tried to do only one thing which turned to be the most difficult one: make you feel an emotional synesthesia.
When hearing the melody, don't you feel that everything is...messed up? are you trying to figure out? is your mind going over? It’s not for no reason.
It is not only an image, it is not only a melody. It is a trip.
You don't feel bored. It is your mind using the notes and the colors to create your own experience.
Most of the videos online with only one image are only music, but not this.
The research behind the perfect combination is the key to the unconscious.
"Music–color associations are mediated by emotion"
Stephen E. Palmer, Karen B. Schloss, Zoe Xu, and Lilia R. Prado-León
The Nocturnes, Op. 9 are a set of three nocturnes written by Frédéric Chopin between 1830 and 1832, published that year, and dedicated to Madame Camille Pleyel. The second nocturne of the work is regarded as Chopin's most famous piece.
This nocturne has a rhythmic freedom that came to characterize Chopin's later work. The left hand has an unbroken sequence of eighth notes in simple arpeggios throughout the entire piece, while the right-hand moves with freedom in patterns of seven, eleven, twenty, and twenty-two notes.
The opening section moves into a contrasting middle section, which flows back to the opening material in a transitional passage where the melody floats above seventeen consecutive bars of D-flat major chords. The reprise of the first section grows out of this, followed by a Picardy third ending.