Milana Cepeda ’23


The Activity of Art

Milana is composing three pieces of music to accompany an anthology of three video animations. The animations aim to evoke the emotional impact of a particular life experience, and the musical compositions will reinforce those emotions. Milana plans to screen the anthology along with a system that enables viewers to record and report their emotional responses to the material. Milana say’s the project was inspired by the writings of Leo Tolstoy, who said, β€œto evoke in oneself a feeling one has experienced, and having evoked it in oneself, then, by means of movements, lines, colors, sounds, or forms expressed in words, so to transmit that feeling that others may experience the same feeling β€” that is the activity of art.”

Faculty mentor:
William Longo, artist/teacher in composition

“Completing this work means that I will be able to have hands-on experience writing music for the screen, which is my career path. Whether it’s applying for a job to compose for video games or films, I will be able to proudly show future employers this work as part of my portfolio.” –Milana Cepeda