Record Player Scores

This is one of the sections of an improvisation workshop I ran during my time at Goldsmiths. I asked members of the local community and friends with different levels of knowledge around musical score making to create a new graphic score using different materials, which were to be placed onto a spinning piece of card on a record player. This was to help aid with the creation of these scores as a stimulus and starting point to consider, as a lot of the participants had never done this before. Some examples are included below. These scores were then taken to musicians with different levels of experience in improvisation and graphic score notation to interpret and record.

Touch Based Scoring & Improvisation

This is one of the sections of an improvisation workshop I ran during my time at Goldsmiths. It features participants with a range of musical backgrounds, from pop musicians, classically trained musicians and those with no musical experience. They were asked to improvise together using wearable ‘scores’, using a device which sent impulses of different strengths and speeds to the wearer (image below). We used these as a guide for different musical elements including chord changes, textures and dynamics.

I Reach Out Into Darkness

Score

I Reach Out Into Darkness is a postcard piece for any pitched solo instrument written for the Illuminate Women’s Music season 1 2020 Online concert. This piece aims to shift our focus in music making from using
our instruments as a tool for specific sound making within a composition and towards the relationship between our bodies, instruments and
what sounds occur when we pay attention to what and how we feel. I wanted to accomplish a piece which features a more fixed opening, with
set pitches for all to follow. However, as the piece develops it becomes more personal and changes depending on the instrument and person
performing and how they choose to explore touch and what it means to them as a performer.

Link to the full concert: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKbldN_MMRE

– R

I Reach Out Into Darkness – Performed by Naomi Sullivan (baritone saxophone and looper)

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