To Master Any Song in Any Key

Serena Lee

2008, 04:20 minutes, colour, English

TAPECODE 2047.01

Key colour and diatonic scales are anthropomorphized as a peacock, hare, kingfisher, or cat, combining J.S. Bach’s landmark of musical pedagogy, Das Wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier) with illustrations by 19th century French artist J.J. Grandville. This piece is from An Anthology of Familiar Tones, which questions what it means to be ‘in tune’. Through sculptural and video works, the anthology explores the feedback loop of Western musical temperament as it was simultaneously informed by and determined an industrialized standard of tonality, embodied knowledge, discipline of practice, and musical technology.

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