I completed the second series in combination with a course in the psychology of music. It culminated into one large loop of emotion, beginning with anger, reaching emotions including joy and sadness, and then returning to where it started.
I believe the project was beneficial in multiple respects:
A large amount of inspiration for the project came from the children's television show, the Reading Rainbow. I was also later inspired by Plutchik's wheel.
The Listening Rainbow
The first approach took 10 pre-existing books and imagined what they would sound like as music. Each playlist follows the progression of the book, and can be played as a standalone or alongside a reading of the book. Here are three examples:
I wanted to explore the possibilities of music and how it can represent things that we may not thing of as auditory. I was looking for a way to both tell stories and test my boundaries.
A Narrative-Focused Radio Show
My second series under the same name followed a different path exploring similar ideas. This time, I told my own stories, guided by the association between emotions and colors and resulting in one continuous cycle of representative music.