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"Synesthesia" Animation-- April 30, 2014

As part of the Fine Arts Festival, the MBHS Concert Band and Concert Orchestra presented a concert in the MBHS auditorium on Wednesday, April 30th -- a day which many will remember for heavy rains and flooding that caused a horrendous evening commute for most anybody on the roads, and delayed lots of people trying to get to their evening activities.  In preparation for this concert, the students of Ms. Armstead's Advanced Digital Art class created an animation which was synchronized with the Concert Band's playing of 'Dance of the Spirits' by Michael Sweeney and was displayed on a large screen over the stage as the Concert Band played the piece.  This became known in the department as the "Synesthesia" concert.  This first-ever joint presentation by the MBHS Visual Arts and Music forces was well-done, and highly appreciated by the people who could be there.  We are proud not only of the resulting presentation, but also of the conceptualization, collaboration and camaraderie that made it possible.  The text below from Ms. Armstead captures the spirit of the experience, and includes links to the animation itself and to a video of the live performance.

Hello Everyone,

Thank you to all that could make it; I know the weather and road closures were a huge problem.  Unfortunately we even had a few students who couldn’t make it to the concert -- and even one student who was in tears on arriving at the final bow.  Nevertheless, the concert was AMAZING!  The music students were mesmerizing and the arts students beamed as their hard work literally danced along with every note.  Mr. Stephens and I are so proud of our students.  They certainly rose to the occasion!

A special thanks to Mrs. Josey for supporting this project from the first day.  Also a special thanks to Mr. Stephens for initiating this awesome collaboration and for inspiring the students of the Concert Band and the Advanced Digital Art class throughout.  It was a spectacular result!

Below are links to the live concert performance as well as the original animation.

The live performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qd-N-1fA-Ck

The animation only: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqw8hh5TlAg&feature=youtu.be

Thank you for letting me share,

Jacqueline Armstead
Montgomery Blair High school
Digital/Advanced Digital Art, Studio Art 1,2 & 3, Fashion Drawing & Design