The Animated Score Project by jim ryan
The goal of the animated score project is to compose pieces in which the visual quality, and the performance of the score are of equal value.
In this phase I plan to write pieces to be performed by the general public with minimum training, with or without computer accompaniment embedded in the score.
interactive guide to notation [requires flash]
Follow the Lederhosen
An animated score would be viewed by both the performers, and the audience, either on a tv, or projected, depending on the setting.
With a large enough group of performers I expect that a piece should be actualized around a statistical norm. By increasing my ability to predict the responses of my performing population I could write as objective a piece as one could with traditional music notation.
I would like to integrate both stage direction (movement of performers), and audience participation into the animated score. Ultimately composing a piece that involves both audience participation in the music, and movement of the traditional performers on and off stage (physically interacting with the audiences space).
A strong command of color and shape will create a score that will satisfy the viewer without any reference to the music. A viewer should be able to find in the score a visual play between the elements that will draw them in to the theme of the piece.
A finished composition would be able to effectively guide the performers, and be a visual work of art. If viewed out of the context of a performance I would like the score to stand on its own as a purely visual piece.
Deep In Here
this piece is for a minimum of nine performers, divided randomly into three groups.
lyrics (from the poem "Deep in Here", by William Kelso):
The following are group exercises
performance notes: each players acoustic volume follows the area of their rectangle.
example of notation for planetarium dome.
excerpt from cello trio, for the Madeline Shapiro concert
Web bibliogrphy of sorts:
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