Roy de Maistre and colour-music
With Niels Hutchison
As part of our opening day talkfest for Sydney moderns, Niels Hutchison discusses artist Roy de Maistre’s fascinating system of 'colour-music’.
De Maistre studied music at Sydney’s Conservatorium before studying painting, and saw analogies between colours of the spectrum and notes of the musical scale. He helped establish a mechanical scheme for translating melodies into colour, in which individual colour tones were linked with particular musical notes to derive harmonising colours from harmonising sounds.
Hutchison is an artist who also writes and performs music, and the author of the website Colour music.
Image: Roy de Maistre Colour music c1934 (detail) © Caroline de Mestre Walker