Sounds to Pictures began as a collaboration with my dear friend Jonathan Hill – a world class violin soloist who has provided strings on almost all my albums. I’d always wanted to separate the classical elements from my songs from the lyrics so that I could really enjoy the melodic motifs and musical themes that I felt were hidden by my voice. Allowing Jonathan to take the lead re-invented the landscape of my songs and in turn, inspired me to write new bespoke pieces for him to record. The Sounds to Pictures series of albums is an eclectic mix of musical genres comprising of both new and older compositions of mine recorded on a collection of priceless and historic instruments, including a 1697 Antonio Stradivari.
Sound enriches our lives in so many ways and today, music itself is being used in a supporting role for almost every image we see. In a supporting role. But what happens when we give sound the leading role? What occurs when we close our eyes to create our own pictures instead of blindly believing everything we see?
The project invites people to find their own pictures to the music rather than have those pictures prescribed for them, to discover, to explore and be free to have the sound inspire pictures unique to every listener.
Sound is an opportunity to harness the power of our own imagination and connect to what is deep inside of us. We launched the project with a series of online events exploring an AIS (Auditory Imagination Supplement). You can experience Sounds To Pictures in the way we intended by watching the first AIS video below.
- What Love Would Want
- Soho Sunset
- Star Crossed
- The Parting
- Swines and Truffles
- River of Love