A Hidden Order: Revealing the Bonds Between Music and Geometric Art – Part One

  • Sama MaraEmail author
  • Lee Westwood
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The following chapter describes a method of translating music into geometric art and vice versa. This translation is achieved through an exploration of the mutual foundations – in mathematics and its role in harmony – of both music and geometric art. More specifically, the process involves the implementation of principles derived from traditional Islamic geometric art and contemporary mathematics, including fractal geometry and aperiodic tilings.

The method was discovered by Mara in 2011 and was subsequently developed during his collaboration with composer Lee Westwood on the project A Hidden Order. Examples from this project are used to illustrate parts of this chapter.

Also discussed are the implications of establishing such a connection between music and geometric art. These include the possibility of unique creative processes that combine practices from both visual arts and musical composition, as well as facilitating the application of developments, practices, and creative processes from one discipline to the other.


Music Geometry Visualization Sonification Islamic Art Fractal Aperiodic Tilings Harmony 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Musical FormsLondonUK
  2. 2.University of SussexBrightonUK

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