# I want to write the sound of a painting by Dali. How do I do this?

Nov 3, 2016

A few thoughts...

#### Explanation:

How about abstracting things out of the painting, then providing audio interpretations of those abstractions.

For example, starting with a painting like "The Persistence of Memory", we might pick out:

• Interplay between soft and hard objects (soft watches on hard edges).

• Distortion of time (the 'melted' pocket watches).

• Things which appear solid but have been eroded by a long passage of time (the rocky cliffs in the distance).

• The dead remains of something living (tree).

• No living things except the ants (a symbol of decay).

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I think I would combine the follows sounds:

• The distant sound of waves crashing against a shore.

• The tick tock of a watch or watches slowed down and distorted.

• An occasional clitter-clatter as of ants moving.

• Low slow string sounds fading in then dropping in pitch with a step in the pace of change of pitch to represent the edges over which watches are 'draped'.