Manga Vision: Cultural and Communicative Perspectives is an exciting exploration of manga (Japanese comics) from academic and artistic perspectives, edited by Sarah Pasfield-Neofitou and Cathy Sell, and published by Monash University Publishing.
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Manga has a unique aesthetic, a visual language of its own. Manga, and its sister medium, anime, have inspired artists from a variety of disciplines including sculpture and film. But how might a composer respond to anime? When the dominant visual aesthetic of manga is used to inform and inspire a different sensory art world, what is created and what is explored? This chapter draws upon the composition of a piece of piano music , Tides of Falling Leaves, which responds to material within the yaoi manga genre. It details the way manga informed this creative process and how the music acts as a way of remediating the visual gestures unique to manga.
As an example of practice-related research, the compositional process described in this chapter highlights a number of questions relating to inter-media relationships. Providing the theoretical framework for this research are the complimentary concepts of 'ekphrasis' and 'translation' – tools for examining works that straddle disparate media. Accompanying these is a move away from representational thought. When manga disconnected from an expected form of representation, its artistic vibrancy takes on a number of new roles, inviting a rethinking of the potential for intermedia dialogue, between languages and artists.
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Full length piece:
Tides of Falling Leaves by Paul Smith
Figure.1: Smith, Tides of Falling Leaves, b. 1-4
Figure.2: Smith, Tides of Falling Leaves, b. 13-14
Figure.3: Smith, Tides of Falling Leaves, b. 17
Figure.4: Smith, Tides of Falling Leaves, b. 22-25
Figure.5: Smith, Tides of Falling Leaves, b. 27-30
Figure.6: Smith, Tides of Falling Leaves, b. 76-79
Figure.7: Smith, Tides of Falling Leaves, b. 36-39