I am an art major... and I hate it. At first it was helping to understand art that I didn't get, but now... it making me hate art... why? Because I want to be a music major, but it's too late. This is another rant for another day... that's already been done no doubt... anyway... Music is an artform, we all know this, yes? But one thing I've been taking from my music classes is learning to apply concepts and techinques into my playing. Some of it has become quite engrained, so I can't remeber it all but the first thing that struck me... Contrast. In a piece of traditional art, I'll speak in black and white (photo, drawing, painting) you learn the brightest white will be sitting next to the darkest dark. If you have paper white, but it's surrounded by grey tones, it will not be as strong as when you have paper white next to the blackest possible black. Now turning this into musical whatnot, silence vs. absolute chaotic noise. If you were to have a musical spike (guitar/bass/drums) and they all spiked, but something was still ringing out... it wouldn't seem that powerful. BUT, if you were to either have the band tighten up and have the spike be crystal clear and everybody is silent, or go into the studio and delete any noise (or as I like to call it, the Disturbed approach) Regardless, these tight pockets of air make the piece movie and have more tonal interest. This also works out with overall dynamics: The reason people like Ansel Adams photos (sorry, photo major) aside from subject matter, is tonal diversity. In black and white, he captures every possible tone of grey, black, and white possible. So it makes for a very rich photograph. And in music, if we have everything from screaming to whispering (instrumentally or vocally) it makes each part seem more important. Also in tonality. Nobody wants to listen to something that is all lows, or all highs, or all mids. A low fi sound is like a poorly developed photo. And I'm just talking in black and white, when you get into colors, you can talk about "coloring your sound" blah blah... but I feel I've ranted enough... or is it too much... I'm not quite sure. Any other contributions? Art Majors? Art fans? What are some other means that we connect the traditional art realm to our aural art form?