Repetitive Music

REPETITIVE MUSIC

Project Information

This book illustrates the repetition of chords being played on an acoustic guitar, focusing on songs that are played using only the chords G, D, Em, C. This highlights how commonly used and repeated this chord progression is, yet it’s used across different songs that to most people sound quite different from each other. The book encourages the viewer to think about the individual elements and sequences of repetition that come together to create a song, from the repetition of the movement on the guitar to the notes being produced and arranged. It features a simple minimalist style using black and white print and simple line illustrations to show the action of the player when playing each chord. The dots show the formation the fingers take to play each chord. 

In development from the the chord book, this large scale laser cut piece is a representation of the repetition of chords within a single song. It features the chords from the song How To Save a Life by The Fray (G, D Em, C) repeated for each strum of the guitar. The piece encourages the viewer to think about the individual elements and sequences of repetition that come together to create a song, and how when placed in this format it creates more of a visual pattern rather than a sound piece.