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May 4th, 2009

Delve: Friday June 9 2006

First published in Delve Two December 2006.  This is a page from my diary comic. For more information on Delve check out my published comics work.

“Noise? Music?”

For this week I am posting diary comics about music gigs I went to. And it even coincides with New Zealand Music month.

This was a gig at a now vanished Art gallery that featured 1/3 Octave Band and Birchville Cat Motel.

Depicted is 1/3 Octave Band.

One of the things I am interested in is how I might communicate a musical experience (or an abstracted experience generally) in the medium of comics art. This has been one of the ideas I have had in the back of mind while making many of the abstract comics I have been making.

This was the first attempt at conveying music.

This was about the idea of the music emanating from the performers in an almost literal sense and using the comics language of fright or startled lines to make ‘physically’ real in the comics panel the abstract, the emotional and internal experience of listening to music.


An example of startled lines in a panel from still ness #27

5 Responses to “Delve: Friday June 9 2006”

  1. Dick Whyte Says:

    Hey David-

    I am really enjoying the writing that you are putting up with the comics. It is awesome to hear where your ideas come from and how they relate to the images you make. The layout of this one is particularly nice as well. It makes a lot of sense what you say about ‘startled lines’ and then applying that principle to the expression of intense emotion in the performance of noise music. Nice work. I look forward to more.

  2. draw Says:

    Yeah I’m trying to put a bit of effort into writing about each piece if I can say something appropriate. Give it a bit of background and Its interesting looking back, at the time I wasn’t sure how successful the image was. Particularly trying to convey the totality of musical experience. I feel I only captured part of it. However there are certainly some interesting things happening here.

  3. Dick Whyte Says:

    Cool – the effort shows and I am enjoying it. I feel one of the main things missing from art is the personal memories of the artist, in some ways. I like to hear about the things that led to an artwork being developed.

  4. draw Says:

    cheers Richard

  5. Dick Whyte Says:

    A pleasure, my friend.


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