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How Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) Uses Graphic Design to Guide its Audiences Though its Music

Monday, June 20, 2016   (0 Comments)

"...only people who can read musical notation would find the excerpts in the traditional guides useful, so I wanted a graphic way to represent what is being heard so anyone could understand."

The reaction to the guides has been very positive, she says – not least from graphic design fans fascinated by Englander’s tweet from earlier in the month. "I’ve seen patrons follow the guides during the concerts while others have said that they use them when listening at home," says Chan-Hartley. "I’ve had music teachers contact me expressing interest in them as a resource for their classrooms, and our younger patrons (20s and 30s) seem to really like the visual aspects. I hope for everyone, whether new to the symphonic art form or a seasoned symphony goer familiar with the repertoire, that the guides are engaging and helpful."

Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO)’s ‘listening guides’ make use of symbols and Morse code-like notation to aid the experience of a live performance. In this article of Creative Review, the creator of the listening guide, Hannah Chan-Hartley, talks about how she is helping the TSO to visualize its repertoire and the process of developing listening guides. Read the full article.

Photo: Hannah Chan-Hartley

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