Architecture has been compared to music in many ways over the years. Some think that architecture is frozen music. So, let’s have a little fun with this. Imagine if architectural styles were people taking one of those online personality tests – something like “What Song Is Your Theme Song?” or “What Song is Your Anthem?”. We’ll be limiting ourselves to music between 2000-present because using songs from their own time period is far too easy.
The Renaissance spanned the 14th – 17th centuries. It took a lot of inspiration from the Roman’s and is known by its symmetry, proportions, and geometry – it’s so very orderly.
I’m going with Lindsey Stirling’s cover of “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” by Green Day. A classical instrument making something new.
The Victorian era was all about showing off your status. New money and cheaper goods were expanding the middle class, who were only too happy to spend their money making them feel a bit more like royalty. The only problem was the upper classes weren’t too keen on these nouveau riche. “Royals” by Lorde is perfect for people that wish they were part of the Victorian upper class.
Arts and Crafts
This anti-industrial movement pushed for handcrafted items. Every person in The Vespers plays an instrument (if not more). Their music has a handmade quality about it – very different from the highly electronicized music we sometimes have.
Stemming from the Arts and Crafts movement, Art Nouveau was all about the arts and took its inspiration from nature – particularly curvy lines….you could say that they were bringing sexy back.
Big and bold, Art Deco combined the Modernist style with the love of craft that was prominent in the Arts and Crafts movement. The style represented luxury, glamour, and technological progress. As it gained steam, it featured rare and expensive materials. This style requires a flashy, catchy song. Fergie’s “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody” is catchy and the music video is a little more than flashy.
The international style brought in a stripped down architecture.
Pentatonix’ stripped down version of Havana fits in perfectly. As an a capella group, Pentatonix removes all the instrumental ornament from Camilla Cabello’s song.
The post-modern movement was a rejection of modernism’s sleek, clean lines – similar to the Arts and Crafts rejection of industrialization. The post-modernists looked to historical references and re-interpreted them.
Postmodern Jukebox’s cover of Creep by Radiohead takes a modern song and reinvents it by throwing a vintage vibe on it.
This was actually far harder to write than I expected. I foolishy thought it would be easy to match current music to architecture. What do you think of my choices? There are lots of other architectural styles – what music would put to them?