Calligraphy Visualization: "The Armed Man" (L'homme armé)




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Published on Nov 4, 2014

My goal was to visualize musical complexity with calligraphy. The different strokes, lettering, and floral motifs that are drawn in the video correspond to different voices and instruments that enter the music at various points.

The song I chose, "The Armed Man" ("L'homme armé"), is part of a larger musical work of the same name, composed in 2000 by Karl Jenkins. The melody for this particular song is based on the 15th century French song "L'homme armé", which was widely used as a melody for the Catholic Mass during the Renaissance period. Since the melody is so old, I decided to research illuminated manuscripts from the mid-1400s. I studied scans from the British Library's online gallery in order to create an alphabet and patterns based on leaf and floral motifs from the period.

Thanks to A.W. for all your help during the filming!

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  • Artist

    • Karl Jenkins
  • Licensed to YouTube by

    • UMG (on behalf of Decca Records); Imagem Music (publishing) US, and 3 Music Rights Societies


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