"My father taught me that a symphony was an edifice of sound. And I learned pretty soon it was built by the same kind of mind and much in the same way that a building is built. And when that came to me, I used to sit and listen to Beethoven. He was a great architect. The two minds are quite similar because they arrange and build, plot and plan, in very much the same way."
-Frank Lloyd Wright, Architect-
...Well before I lose your interest, allow me a moment of your mental space, dear ever ardent, long-suffering viewer, to say that though there may appear a clear distinction between Music, Musical Theory, and sculpture - in reality, the line between music and sculpture is hair-trigger thin -
"Eventual Everything Connects."
-Ray and Charles Eames, Modernist Design Husband n' Wife team Extra-ordinaire-
Time, tempo - meter, a conception of chronology, an orchestration to a visual or auditory event or moment. A musical or sculptural work is replete with a whole canon, fugue, or symphony of these "moments."
Point and Counterpoint:
In the visual arts, symmetry tends to communicate balance and stability, whereas a-symmetricality tends to express the chaotic, unbalanced, influx ~
In Music, Counterpoint refers to a style of musical especially associated with figgers such as Bach, it is a polyphonic style where notes and phrases weave in and out of each other creating a sound tapestry.
Visually, as the eye moves about a sculpture, there is a sort of dance, certain points come forward, others recede, there is a sort of "geometry of attention" as one's eyes explore a piece.
Color, texture, shape, form, dimension, are all aspects of a sculpture that create a reading of the work.
Analogously, On the musical staff this is expressed by the up and downward movements of notes, their tempo and timing, accents, ornaments, etc.
Some sculptures intend for the "reading" of a piece to be in a pre determined chronology, such as how the composers autograph guides the musician or the listener through the piece.
A sculpture, existing in 3 dimensions, and more and more in 4 dimensions (Time), can be read in a way that is predetermined, but there are many paths that can be taken through the journey and exploration of the work.
The Incidence of Disparate Elements, Media and Mode...where they overlap, intersect.
Just as a piece of music has a meter, and a piece's interpretation and meaning can be completely altered through even minor changes in time and signature, a sculpture has a visual tempo.
Shape and form will create a pause or rest in the reading, or viewing of the piece.
Color will speed up or slow down the viewing.
Repetition of form or motif may cause the eyes into a sort of flutter akin to a trill of a bach invention.
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Bowers, David Q. The Encyclopedia of Mechanical Musical Instruments
"The Painter and The Architect: Charles and Ray Eames."