Jackson Pollock and music

“Jackson Pollock was heralded as the leader of the Abstract Expressionist movement in art and pioneered what became known as “action painting.” It’s a well known fact that his art was largely influence by the modern jazz music of his day, which seems to make perfect sense when you view his work; especially in person. He was particularly a big fan of Charlie Parker’s and Dizzie Gillespie’s, but in general, loved rocking–and painting to bebop. Listen to this gorgeous piece titled Autumn in New York by The Bird, himself; Mr. Charlie Parker. Perhaps it had a hand in the outcome of Pollock’s piece shown above.”


Blue Poles

Now what is remarkable about Blue Poles is the amount of movement within the painting. There are several factors contributing to this and all of them relate to the music I’ve composed. First, there is the shape of the canvas itself. Because it is wide, like “cinemascope”, it invites you to read it from left to right. Most paintings do not. And because it is a large canvas, it also invites you to take it in by walking past it from left to right. In this, Pollock’s painting approaches the condition of music, revealing itself in stages. The famous poles themselves help this approach. On the most obvious level they divide the painting into sections so that the eye passes from one to the next, adding to that sense of movement. And because the poles are neither straight nor vertical, but jagged and evidently about to topple forwards, they contribute to the painting’s internal momentum. For me, they have a further function. Those blue poles remind me of crooked bar lines, with complex and brightly coloured melodic strands cavorting across them.”


His paintings indeed look like he was following a melodic rhythm while he was making them. All these paint reminds me of really powerful classic pieces.

Also, this mark noting reminds me music that has beat.


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