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Introducing Nautilus and a Music Experiment

This week we are finally adding Nautilus to the website and making it available for sale.  

David finished Nautilus a while ago but we have learned in previous years to never introduce a sculpture in the middle of summer. No one notices! So we have held off until this week. Check out this new design and read about it here.

The process of introducing a new sculpture takes a lot more work after David has spent many months perfecting the design and construction. One of the time consuming parts is adding sound to the video. Most of David's pieces make little to no sound at all (although Nautilus does). Video without sound is lacking so David tries to add a music background. He has tried all different ways of adding royalty free music and this process continues to be a youtube challenge. In order to eliminate constant challenges to the ownership of the music David has most recently decided to use only the pieces supplied by youtube for inclusion.  

But the choices are still many and what genre best suits a piece? We have learned that the background music significantly affects a viewers emotional response to a piece.  So here is a little experiment......

David has added several different music scores to the Nautilus piece. We'd love to hear your reactions to it in the comments sections below.

Nautilus with actual sound:


Nautilus with Classical music


Nautilus with Pop music

Nautilus with Rock music


We would like to know which style of music you think best fits Nautilus but also share any observations you might have about how the music impacts the perception of the sculpture.

Visit the web page about Nautilus here for a description of the sculpture. If you are interested in ordering, visit the order page here. Some are available for shipping now. 



Reader Comments (4)

We have 'Tranquility' and have found that its best music is the tango!

August 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterQueen of Fifty Cents

I liked the Rock music accompaniment to Nautilus the best - the rhythm and dynamics suited the motion very well and left me with the impression of a young woman in the 60's spinning to the music with her hair flowing behind her. With the classical music, the motion seemed to blend together quite a bit and I did not get a strong sense of the speed changes in the rotation. As soon as I saw the pop version, I was aware that there are surges and still points. I almost thought there was something different in the quality of the two videos. The rock music had the same affect as the pop music.

As someone who is interested in buying the piece, I am interested in hearing how it sounds on its own. Maybe you could give an option to hear one or the other.

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVeronika

I also vote Rock.

On a related note, I have the silver song and love it because it makes sounds while it moves. Sounds take sculptures to a new dimension on it's own, and doesn't necessitate a soundtrack for the videos.

I'd love to see you develop another sculpture that makes enchanting sounds. Do you have any plans to do so?

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKol

So glad you added a variety of music. It really does prove how music can set a mood. I found the classical music gave me a sense of calm, and while watching the piece move, it left me with a sense of continual flow. When I watched the piece move while listening to the pop song, I could feel the waves of movement change, like it was adding a bit of dimension, and the rock song added even more of that feeling; bursting with a sense of development and flow.

In the beginning stages of an interactive cultural center and museum relating to dance and movement in Des Moines, Iowa; which was why I began looking at your work. If we get this project off the ground, I would like to add kinetic art to our displays. While researching costs for this idea, could you tell me what you would charge to display a few of your pieces in a collection for either a short term or permanent display for a non-profit?

Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

October 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

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