Classical Guitar Instruction with Douglas Niedt

THE KANDINSKY MUSIC EXPERIMENT

How to use the Kandinsky music composition app

On the canvas below, click and drag your mouse or touch and drag your finger on different spots to "draw."

  • Draw lines and boxes to create melody notes.
  • Draw triangles to make percussive sounds.
  • Draw circles to produce vocal sounds.
  • Click play and listen to your creation.
  • Not too sure you like your composition? TRY CLICKING THE BI-COLORED CIRCLE TO CHANGE YOUR COMPOSITION'S INSTRUMENTATION.
  • Click the Undo Button (to the right of the Play Button) to erase the last item you drew.
  • Click the Download Arrow (to the right of the Undo Button) to download a video of your composition. AMAZE YOUR FRIENDS! (Give Kandinsky a minute to convert frames to video.)
  • Click the RESET button in the upper left corner to start a new canvas.

Scroll down below the canvas to learn more about Kandinsky.

Wassily Kandinsky

Kandinsky, ca.1913
Kandinsky, ca.1913

Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) was a Russian artist who was a pioneer of abstract art. His work inspired programmers working with Google's Chrome Music Lab to create the Kandinsky Experiment.

Kandinsky experienced the neurological phenomenon called synesthesia – where one sense concurrently triggers another sense. For example, Kandinsky literally saw colors when he heard music and heard music when he painted.

He likened painting to composing music stating, "Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammers, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand which plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul."

Kandinsky, Composition VIII, 1923
Kandinsky, Composition VIII, 1923