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All Together Now: Sound x Design

Sound is what happens when air is pushed. Design is what happens when space is manipulated. Designers and musicians are complementary. Each rely on rhythm, melody, form, harmony, texture, and dynamics to communicate ideas and emotions beyond words. Is a book or publication not as tied to time and sequence as a symphony in three movements? Does a duet between voice and piano not contain two distinct colors that, when combined, create an entirely new hue?

The parallels between design and music are innumerable, though the fields rarely seem to overlap. All Together Now: Sound × Design explores those crossovers through the work of 24 artists, designers, and musicians from across the country, each chosen through a blind jury selection process from over 70 submissions. In concert with the City of Chicago’s Year of Chicago Music, All Together Now will illustrate and celebrate the ways in which music, sound, and design can unite to create something entirely new.

The work displayed in the City of Chicago Expo 72 Gallery at 72 E. Randolph will incorporate or be inspired by music (in an abstract way), allow for the performance of music in and of itself (like the design of an instrument), or be used to sell or brand music (like a logo or packaging.) By integrating contemporary and historic work, All Together Now celebrates the integral part music has always played in Chicago’s creative culture.


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