Lines Squiggles and Webs

PART ONE OF A TWO-PART WORKSHOP ( Saturday 30 April, next Saturday 28 May)

The main ideas of the cross-disciplinary workshop are to investigate visual responses to music/sound, look at improvisation and explore the fine line between chaos and coherence. Soon into the workshop, we joined Carla by making along with music and exploring the stimulation of the music in our way of creating/making.

Ideas that touched me around improvisation:

Time stood out in this experience – how music can change our perception of time, for the audience/viewer and the performer/artist. I like the idea of capturing a moment and how we represent it. It is about being in ‘real time’.

Being spontaneous was addressed: how we work and live with it. Thinking about my decision-making process in these moments – how does it happen?

Talking about silence – knowing when to …listen, that less is more….just because you can, should you? Using ideas about other people as inspiration

Ideas of repetition – a fundamental decision is how we repeat and how we are open to freedom. Now one see how chaos and coherence come to play.

How do we think about memory?

Our group, who will be collaborating is named after the female composer Errollyn Wallen. As a composer, Wallen has a very wide repertoire of compositions, and we chose to look at her work called Daedalus. She composed Daedalus in 2012 to serve as the opening and closing theme for a BBC drama, One Night. Daedalus was composed for mezzo-soprano and string quartet, and the length is 8 minutes. When I searched for the score for this piece I read that it was originally composed for voice and piano.

Daedalus was a Greek mythological character who made wings for his son, Icarus. He told his son not to fly too near the sun, the wax on the wings would melt. The son ignored his warning, fell into the sea, and drowned. Wallen wrote the song from Daedalus’ perspective and alluded to a murder he committed earlier when he was threatened by his apprentice and nephew, Perdix whom he thought could overshadow his own talents for inventing. Daedalus murdered Perdix.

My making

I continued to develop a previous work but used the music as a form of quiet listening whilst making. I had headphones on whilst doing the work, which was done over a period of time during a session in my studio, which I followed up the next day.

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