PAINTING MUSIC • ONE-PAGE SCORE Call
Graphic Notation (def.): a rogue representation of music using liberated symbols; a form of freedom; a visual work of art with transformative aural potential.
Want to create your own graphic score, and have it played by a live ensemble?
Sign up for LABORATORIO’s free three-day workshop with the One-Page-Score Ensemble. No musical background or training is necessary – just a desire to create and explore sound.
With this workshop, we want to encourage everyone to discover the playful and engaging exercise of imagination through sonic and visual perception. Learn, explore and enjoy a rare opportunity to have a large ensemble of exceptional musicians at your creative fingertips.
Led by LABORATORIO’s artistic director Giorgio Magnanensi, with François Houle (Clarinet), Eyvind Kang (Viola), Lisa Miller (Keyboards) and visual artists Dean Schutz and Maurice Spira, the workshop will focus on the use of graphic notation where signs and symbols can be used to represent sounds, textures and various kinds of sonic events.
Graphic scoring does not require any prior knowledge of how to read or write traditional music notation. In our first meeting on March 24, we will explore numerous forms of graphic notation and introduce ideas of orchestration and sound composition, while our guest visual artists will help participants to create abstract drawings for their own one-page graphic score. Then, during two extended sessions, a selection of one-page scores will be rehearsed (April 1st), interpreted and performed by the One-Page Score Ensemble on April 2, 2016 at the Roberts Creek Community Hall.
The workshop is free; however space is limited. Please, send your name and contact information to email@example.com to register.
Please note this workshop is for ages 16+
Registration will be on a first-come-first-served basis so don’t delay!
WORKSHOP SCHEDULE • Roberts Creek Community Hall
Thursday, March 24 6pm-9pm
Friday, April 1 1pm-3pm • BREAK • 3:30pm-6:30pm
Saturday April 2 11am-1pm • BREAK • 2pm-5pm
Saturday, April 2, 2016
Roberts Creek Community Hall
Tickets are on a sliding scale pay-what-you-can from $5 – $10 at the door.
Doors open 7:30 PM • Show starts 8:00 PM
François Houle, Clarinet • Eyvind Kang, Viola • Giorgio Magnanensi, Conduction
Lisa Cay Miller, Keys • Dean Schutz, Visual Artist • Maurice Spira, Visual Artist
A stellar ensemble of 12 local, Vancouver and International musicians
ONE-PAGE SCORE ENSEMBLE
Doug Gorkoff, Cello
François Houle, Clarinet & Electronics
Eyvind Kang, Viola
John Kastelic, Viola
Janine Island, Violin
Giorgio Magnanensi, Conduction
Mark McGregor, Flute
Chad McQuarrie, Electric Guitar
Lisa Cay Miller, Keyboards
Graham Ord, Saxophone
Katie Rife, Percussion
Stefan Smulovitz, Viola & Electronics
Here some beautiful graphic scores:
check also this image gallery
Here a rendition of December Variations by Earle Brown:
Anestis Logothetis, Kollisionen
Rainer Wehinger‘s visual listening score to accompany Gyorgy Ligeti‘s Artikulation
…a sort of graphic score in reverse.
Cornelius Cardew, Treatise (p.140-165)
and here the performance of the first One-Page Score installment with the Plastic Acid Orchestra, recorded 23 January 2016 at Vancouver Community College:
you can find more graphic notation examples HERE
WHAT IS A GRAPHIC SCORE?
From the early twentieth century, certain groups of composers began
questioning every convention and by the 1950s began liberating themselves
from traditional notation through the use of visual symbols to create works
of often stunning aesthetic quality. Blurring the boundaries between visual,
written and musical languages, graphic scores saw collaboration between
composers and visual artists, the influence of which is still felt today.
John Cage famously celebrated this prolific era for graphic scores with his
book Notations (co-edited with Alison Knowles), which included works by
the likes of Louis Andriessen alongside Yoko Ono and even a decorated
lyric sheet by The Beatles. Whilst the initial blast of heat around graphic
scores cooled in the 70s, their visual excitement remains highly seductive
for many creating music today with artists from Aphex Twin to John Zorn
using graphic notation in their work.
…though graphic notation is way older than that:
Ancient Egyptian music notation from a set of 6 parchments described by German musicologist Hans Hickmann in his 1956 book Musicologie Pharaonique (Music under the Pharaohs), as dating from the 5th to 7th centuries C.E.