““Young in Charge” - A Musical Timepiece of Sofonisba’s Massimiliano II Stampa, Marquess of Soncino”
Growing up in a southern New Mexico rural town, most of us didn’t have access to visit many museums and appreciate artworks. Rather, we utilize music as a way to connect ourselves within our surroundings, and through listening to relatable records, we are able to paint a picture of our hostile environment, a drug-ridden world where many families disconnected, dusting as fast as the wind that circulates past our desert. While thankfully I grew up in a loving household with my mom, stepfather, brother, and our dog, many of our peers lived in broken homes, and some kids are forced to mature faster than others. Before coming to America, I can also relate as the thought of my biological father leaving signals the end of my childhood and the start of planning my adulthood. Music symbolizes our grind, hustle, and motivation—we are the youngest in charge—and that’s our art.
In Art-Hum, I came across Sofonisba Anguissola’s portrait of Massimiliano II Stampa, who acquired the power and control of Soncino after his father died. Textured on a classical green background, a little boy dressed in an all-black elegant clothing with white collars is seen holding a sword and resting his other arm on a building column as a dog lays behind him. Feeling how it represents the forced weight on our shoulders as kids, I decided to create a musical timepiece that incorporates elements of polyphony and homophony that I learned from Music-Hum, using modern contemporary R&B techniques of reverbing layers of my vocals while still keeping it raw by utilizing my own recorded finger snaps as the only musical instrument. Through my original love of music, my Core Reflection sounds my evolution in learning and seeing artworks, from having a close-minded perspective to visualizing myself in the picture.
About the Author: Rendabel Radian
Rendabel "Abel" Radian, class of 2023, is studying Environmental Science at Columbia College. Coming to America with virtually no English at 11, he discovered music as a portal to learn the language and a newfound passion. His early musical works were created in a tiny, prayer/closet/study room along with friends.