The Fall of Icarus

October 7, 2009

For this piece I was inspired by generally the mythological story of Icarus, but even more so I was inspired by “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus” by Bruegel as well as the poem “Musée des Beaux Arts” by W. H. Auden. This myth has always been a favorite of mine due to its surrealism and intrigue. I also find the interpretations it invokes exciting especially when you read the interpretations which praise Icarus for flying towards the sun.
Technically with the project I rented out fourteen different audio disks from the library to gather high quality sounds. With respect to the sounds I used the wind and birds from audio disks (two separate tracks), the wings flapping from an online source, the violin is from the CFA, the cymbal crash was added at the end, the bells were from Sufjan Stevens, and the crowd speaking at the end was from YouTube.
In a sense I feel my piece is better understandable with a visual. I was truly trying to illustrate Bruegels painting, systematically going through the events in which Icarus falls. The crowd in the end is used to illustrate the focus of Bruegel’s piece, where even after Icarus falls he is unnoticed and society keeps moving forward.

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