#include red – Sound and frequency of the colour red performed on a 1,200m² screen

Created by the South Korean sound artists GRAYCODE and jiiiiin, #include red is a large-scale audiovisual installation and performance piece that explores ideas of synaesthesia (the relationship between what we hear and what we see) through the inherent frequencies within the visible spectrum and colour as a vocabulary. Examining how different visual and auditory stimuli relate by substituting sound and image, the duo’s first collaboration began with the simple question of “what does the colour red sound like?”

The spectrum of wavelengths visible to the human eye contains certain colours as well as frequencies. For example, we associate the frequency band of 630~700nm with the color “red”. Red has lowest frequency in the visible spectrum which corresponds to 20Hz when transformed into sound. The sound of 20Hz can be ‘mi’ or ‘fa’ of three octaves? In general, red designates the color.

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