Music Creators in Residence China proposal

Planning week-by-week, in no particular order.

One week R&D ‘LANDSCAPE PAINTING/ PANORAMIC SCORES’ starting at Guiyang University talking to specialists about Southern School, 南宗画, brush masters, hopefully to visit locally. This to bring back my concept of panoramic scores [1] to its source, being originally inspired by ink and brush hand scrolls. Including a visit to the impressive Karst landscape, feeling not more than a grain of rice in the dramatic Nature, a running theme with the Literati painters. Playing with a Western translation to the Four Arts of the Chinese Scholar [2] [15] [16].

With regards to this, Hakka mountain songs leave a fluidity in use of lyrics, the melodies are set. I would like to research how this improvisational aspect would perhaps suit the graphic ink and brush notation of my panoramic scores.

Also in this week I’d like to discuss how Yayue , 雅樂, is perceived in current times and research what a contemporary Yayue use of the landscape materials Silk, Bamboo, Wood, Stone, Metal, Clay, Gourd and Hide could be. Also finding out more about its use of sub-ensembles to place or progress my use stereo sub-ensembles in recent works [3].

 

The week following I would plan to ‘return to base camp’ spending two days in solitude archiving and blogging all ‘landscape painting/panoramic music’ media files and experiences, developing drafts from acquired information. Followed by discussing experiences with interested parties in Guiyang. Maybe bringing contacts from the province over for a meeting. Workshopping concepts with local musicians.

Planning where to situate the panoramic scores. Preferably outdoors. 

 

One week R&D ‘PEOPLE AND CRAFTS CONCRETE MUSIC‘ starting at Guiyang University inquiring about Hakka historical concrete music beginnings and finding out more about the Guiyang minority groups and their heritage music and crafts.

Shiqiao, a village specialised in paper making, I’d be keen to visit to experiment with the sonic qualities of their paper varieties with a view to continue on my scores using page turning as a sound source [17][26] and a possible collaboration.

Visit traditional noodle makers to see whether I can use the rhythms of their practice with my hand-made interface [7], substituting the prepared knitting needles [8] for metal strings, or metal-infused dough to trigger samples in the rhythms of their labouring, when, for example, they are stretching the strips of noodle dough with rods, or checking the drying process when the noodles are suspended on their supports.

Miao textile and pottery makers are famous for their skills and techniques and I would like to visit to analyse whether a collaboration would work similar to the ones described above, using rhythmic labour activities and song as concrete music performers [5]. Additionally, with the pottery artisans I would like to experiment with notating in soft clay shards before baking, and the sound these baked shards make [4]

The week following I would plan to ‘return to base camp’ spending two days in solitude archiving and blogging all ‘people and crafts concrete music’ media files and experiences, developing drafts from acquired information. Followed by discussing experiences with interested parties in Guiyang. Maybe bringing contacts from the province over for a meeting. Workshopping concepts with local musicians.

Building implements to use with the NAIENI interface.

 

One week R&D ‘TRANSPARANT NOTATIONSstarting at Guiyang University about botanical and wild life of Guizhou specialists. This is more observational, my interventions will be transparant and from a distance using digital sound processing [9][27]. Visiting and recording places of interest in Guiyang, as well as to natural sceneries of the plateau around Anshun, onto Caohai Lake. Rustling bamboo forests [25]. Following recommendations by locals. From an observational point of view I hope to be visiting a Dixi opera in Anshun, as well. I feel I need to listen to its complexity rather than interfere.

 

The week following I would plan to ‘return to base camp’ spending two days in solitude archiving and blogging all ‘transparant notations’ media files and experiences, developing drafts from acquired information. Followed by discussing experiences with interested parties in Guiyang. Maybe bringing contacts from the province over for a meeting. Workshopping concepts with local musicians.

Performing an improvisational concert within the transparant notations concept.