Sub-bass:What colours would you use to describe it?

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Sub-bass:What colours would you use to describe it?

Post by hamzen » Sat Nov 12, 2011 10:07 am

I've just started painting again after a long break, and one of the series I'll be working on is around sub-bass. At least one of them I'd like to crowd source ideas.

If you had to describe sub-bass what colours would you use to describe it?

How would you describe it, in words, to anyone who had never experienced it?

What shapes would you use to describe it?

If you were going to attempt to visualize it, any ideas come to mind? Although I'm into abstract, for the crowd sourced one I'm open to any ideas.

For anyone interested my first ideas are here, http://www.flickr.com/photos/27470913@N ... 937761513/

My written ideas on the sub-bass series are about half way down this link http://hamzen.blogspot.com/2011/11/my-t ... nd-to.html
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Re: Sub-bass:What colours would you use to descibe it?

Post by NickUndercover » Sat Nov 12, 2011 10:34 am

Lol that's a tough one. I would say dark grey for the cold, hateful kind of basslines like Loefah's, something more colorful for basslines like Kromestar's (on his melodic tunes) or Mala's, maybe green or blue ? In the end I guess it's personnal.
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Post by kay » Sat Nov 12, 2011 12:00 pm

Purply green ethereal rings emanating from a common point and spreading in various directions against a dark smoky backdrop

Edit: Hadn't looked at your links prior to writing that.

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Post by cixxxj » Sat Nov 12, 2011 12:05 pm

Sub-bass is ORANGE. Orange is warmth, love, orange is sexy. Orange is sunshine, orange is vibes, good vibes! And Sub = Vibes!
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Re: Sub-bass:What colours would you use to descibe it?

Post by Jurrecane » Sat Nov 12, 2011 12:19 pm

I would say Dark blue colours, as for shape i would say round shapes.

EDIT: ow woow, now ive checked your link that pretty much sums it up for me :o

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Post by hamzen » Sat Nov 12, 2011 10:59 pm

cixxxj, fascinating the idea of orange, I would love to have your experience of sub-bass for a night, I suspect it is very different to mine, quite intriguing.

kay, the purple green approach is interesting, I had toyed with something close to that, using circles/rings, but will be a lot harder to pull off colour wise, though thinking about it, against a dark background IF I could get the colours right, I might be able to infer some sense of wobble because the purple'green combo will be clashing, at least a fair bit, which will make it hard for people to focus and might well then phase in and out where they are close.

Thanks for the feedback everyone, really appreciated.
Very encouraging as well seeing the responses in general being so close to the way I experience it and had visualized it.

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Post by XskittyX » Sat Nov 12, 2011 11:25 pm

Translucent greys and very dark blues.

The shapes would be blurry, the type of blurry when you're taking a dump and the window cleaner arrives and if you don't move he might not make out your shape. Hah, that's the only way I can think of describing the image I imagine sub to be.
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Post by scp » Sat Nov 12, 2011 11:34 pm

as far as sub bass goes, i always think of these colours for each key:

D sharp: (dark) purple
E: grey
F: blue
F#: dark blue
G: orange
(I did define the rest but il just stick to those)

relating music to colours, thats how I've always seen it lol.

the painting you've done is quite suiting to how I would visualise sub-bass (even though I'm not artistic in that form), relating to the 'boom' of bass. big up!
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Post by 1point5 » Sun Nov 13, 2011 12:14 am

never really understood the whole synesthesia thing tbh, to me sounds are sounds and colours are colours - I couldn't associate any particular colour to a specific sound or pitch
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Post by wobbles » Sun Nov 13, 2011 12:39 am

i dont really see colors, but i do see shapes, and its awesome

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Post by hamzen » Sun Nov 13, 2011 1:10 am

Blimey, thanks for the extra posts!

The responses have been much better than I could have hoped for.

Wobbles, I know it might be difficult in words, but could you attempt to describe what kind of shapes you see/feel?

scp, does this mean on nights you see these colours externally, or is it a purely internal thing?

XskittyX, :) The blurring I have down for the next one on canvas, one of things that happens for me with sub-bass is almost feeling like a large amorphous ghost shaped presence phazing in and out. This was amplified for me when I read about the effects of infrasound, just out of hearing range and just below sub-bass levels, ie 20hz which produces exactly that kind of effect regularly. I certainly experienced at it DMZ a couple of times before it got larger/brighter, when it was quite dark there, late 2005 early 2006.

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Post by the_disconekt » Sun Nov 13, 2011 1:23 am

Here's a quick "drawing" I made showing the colours I'd use for sub-bass:

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Post by scp » Sun Nov 13, 2011 2:12 am

hamzen wrote:Blimey, thanks for the extra posts!

The responses have been much better than I could have hoped for.

Wobbles, I know it might be difficult in words, but could you attempt to describe what kind of shapes you see/feel?

scp, does this mean on nights you see these colours externally, or is it a purely internal thing?

XskittyX, :) The blurring I have down for the next one on canvas, one of things that happens for me with sub-bass is almost feeling like a large amorphous ghost shaped presence phazing in and out. This was amplified for me when I read about the effects of infrasound, just out of hearing range and just below sub-bass levels, ie 20hz which produces exactly that kind of effect regularly. I certainly experienced at it DMZ a couple of times before it got larger/brighter, when it was quite dark there, late 2005 early 2006.
i would say its an internal thing for sure
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Post by XskittyX » Sun Nov 13, 2011 2:17 am

A little off topic... but it's really interesting.

Remember Tizer when they released those pops and they were called green/orange/purple flavour and they really did taste like the colour, in the same way we associate sounds with colours.

I checked your art work on sub and that's exactly as I would have imagined it! It's like when a massive shockwave happens and it's got tinges of other colours in it. Epic!
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Re: Sub-bass:What colours would you use to describe it?

Post by Cornbreadddd » Sun Nov 13, 2011 2:19 am

When I think of bass, I think of black, grey, and maybe white.

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Post by wobbles » Sun Nov 13, 2011 2:24 am

steady sub bass looks very soft and gaseous and depending on how it sounds determines how it moves and looks, 808 bass kicks look like spheres depending on how hard and long they drag out determines size and movement, percussion is very small but hard and thin, and depending on the rhythm and pattern determines how it moves, the more complicated the rhythm the better.
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Post by kay » Sun Nov 13, 2011 10:51 am

hamzen wrote:kay, the purple green approach is interesting, I had toyed with something close to that, using circles/rings, but will be a lot harder to pull off colour wise, though thinking about it, against a dark background IF I could get the colours right, I might be able to infer some sense of wobble because the purple'green combo will be clashing, at least a fair bit, which will make it hard for people to focus and might well then phase in and out where they are close.
I figure it's something that looks much better pictured in the head than commited to canvas because canvas is flat. If it could be done in the form of those 3D stacked glass sheet sculptures, it would add some good depth to it.

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Post by johnboy01 » Sun Nov 13, 2011 8:51 pm

cixxxj wrote:Sub-bass is ORANGE. Orange is warmth, love, orange is sexy. Orange is sunshine, orange is vibes, good vibes! And Sub = Vibes!

I would have to agree. i see warm colours for sure. sometimes i wonder if that's a result of using mixing software though... sub tends to show up in orange and red etc. on serato for example.

big up for this thread. i feel like the more i listen to the music the more synesthesia i experience. sometimes it feels like very rounded, circular sort of balls of atmosphere sort of passing through me, originating from the speakers, spreading outward like a visual representation of the epicentre of an earthquake. other times it feels like the air in the room is stationary... i mean it doesn't move from a point outward. the air molecules remain in their relative positions but oscilate back and forth relative to one another like the top and bottom blades of an electric razor (if you get me). and i feel like i can sort of mentally visualize almost exactly what the air would look like if it weren't transparent... if it showed up as an orange mist for example.

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Post by Hibbie » Mon Nov 14, 2011 10:34 am

wobbles wrote:i dont really see colors, but i do see shapes, and its awesome
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Post by Hibbie » Mon Nov 14, 2011 10:36 am

wobbles wrote:steady sub bass looks very soft and gaseous and depending on how it sounds determines how it moves and looks, 808 bass kicks look like spheres depending on how hard and long they drag out determines size and movement, percussion is very small but hard and thin, and depending on the rhythm and pattern determines how it moves, the more complicated the rhythm the better.
i prob sound like an idiot but maybe that helps

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