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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2012 2:04 pm    Post subject: Electro-Music 2012 Chamber Orchestra
Subject description: An experiment in guided group improvisation
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Usually, when you put a bunch of musicians in a room together and say "Here, play something!" the result is chaos--especially if they don't know each other well. It's hard to anticipate what other players are going to do, and even harder to know how--or whether--to adjust to what others are playing, or to wait for them to adjust to you. If you drop out, you may be listening for a long time; if you don't, you just add to the noise.

This session is an experiment in introducing a "conductor" to help people form a coherent piece of music together. I'm using the quotes because a conductor normally keeps everyone at the same tempo while they play music that has been written down in advance. In this case, I intend to supply a common MIDI clock signal that I hope people will be able to use for tempo synchronization, as well as other cues, and for the music to be improvised around a series of keys and other cues.

In addition to key, these cues will include notions such as slow, fast, loud, soft, high, low, harmonically complicated, harmonically simple, and so on. I plan to signal the group as to how to play, and let each individual player decide how to interpret the cues.

Ideally, I would like some people who can play melody instruments and know how to improvise on them, some who can play chords with interesting textures, and some who can generate percussion in time with a MIDI sync signal. If you're interested, please get in touch.



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Andrew Koenig
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