Guidelines for 2-10 performers
❁First, read instructions and watch the video without playing. Choose a duration for your performance.
❁ Choose one musician to start the piece. Subsequent entries can be staggered to build up a chord.
❁ Be sure to listen to the group and let this inform your decisions throughout the piece.
❁ Form patterns and chords collectively, based on your listening to the other performers in the group.
❁ Consider changing notes (or group of notes) with each clip, while still maintaining your focus on forming chords through listening to the group. Entries may be staggered to facilitate this in each section.
❁ If you’re playing an instrument that can play multiple notes at once, feel free to add additional notes to form a chord from the suggested notes.
❁ Consider using a particular register or sequence of notes for each section. You could decide to return to a similar register/group of notes as the video loops.
❁ Each score is a loop. Let the repetition inform your choices.
❁ Think of the video like a conductor, where small movements indicate softer playing and larger movements indicate louder.
❁ The video is the only aesthetic precedent for the work - consider whether the sound you are making both individually and collectively aligns with the aesthetic of the video.
A non-definitive list of instrument/tone colour choices for each clip:
❁ Rest (you don’t have to play the whole time)
❁ Play one note and hold it (there are some elements of the video that don’t vary greatly)
❁ Change the vibrato in response to a particular movement of the video
❁ Change bow direction in response to a movement
❁ Use tremolo (there are some elements of the video that are constantly moving)
❁ Start/stop the individual note
❁ Start/stop the individual note using a variety of articulations
❁ Go back and forth between two notes using the rhythm of a plant
❁ Go back and forth between three notes (or more)
❁ Repeat a small phrase in response to a particular movement of the video