Newsletter October: Fort Process and Modern Medieval

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Panoramic Scores in Fort Process festival

The Fort Process festival for Experimental Music in Fort Newhaven, UK, commissioned me for a new on-location panoramic score piece. And what a bizarre Dada-ist piece it turned out to be!
Jobina Tinnemans - 'Caponier' - photo Agata Urbaniak

The Newhaven Fort’s Caponier tunnel is a dark, damp, narrow space, with some incredible acoustics. The place begged for a piece referring to the London Underground tunneling system. Rush hour. Commuters. Buskers. The only panoramic view available in a situation like this has got to be located in your mind.
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‘Caponier’

a mind numbing 9-5 commute on repeat versus wandering spirits

This piece works by a panoramic score of 24 metres with choreographed ground plan covering the entire tunnel for singers, footsteps, free pulp newspaper page turning, staircase, tunnel, crammed audience to annoyed be pushing through and four musicians.

 

My many gratitudes for the Lost Property team in realising the production. And a very big thank you to Astra Chan on cornet, Lisa Guila on sax, Ke’v Nickellsand Carrie Topley on violin. Singing and on free pulp newspaper page turning are Rebecca Askew, George F Patterson and two joining passers-by! #DaDa#experiment

Jobina Tinnemans - panoramic scores - Garn Fawr detail

I started off with developing a scaled-down composition titled ‘Garn Fawr’ sourcing from panoramic views  interspersed with geometrical signalling lighthouse beams on Strumble Head in Pembrokeshire.

The entire process of making the 104 metres of two panoramic score ‘Caponier’ and ‘Central’ (not included in this newsletter update) I’ve documented on my blog here

 

Two premieres in Brecon Beacons, Oct 5-6

Together with artist Stefhan Caddick and The Landmark Trust we have been working on a performance that will mark the opening of the medieval historical heritage monument Llwyn Celyn in Brecon Beacons, Wales, this weekend.

Stefhan commissioned me to write pieces for choir to feature in his distributed sound performance.

 

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‘Enduring Like A Tree Under The Curious Stars’

for SATB for choir in two movements will premiere by the much respected Unicorn Singers, directed by Stephen Marshall, who specialise in the medieval music genre.

The two movements are called ‘Four Seasons, Countless Years’ and ‘In The Wings Through The Night’.

In contrast with the previously mentioned panoramic scores, these works are conventionally notated and are based on medieval music – as medieval as a pdf printed on A4 can be…

The development has been a wonderful journey visiting the Llwyn Celyn site these works are composed for, researching sounds of the rehoused bats, the disappearing Gwenhwyseg dialect and which tune was hot in Europe in 1420…

It’s documented in my blog

Tickets and Event info

 

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‘…as a Raven knows of singing’, is artist and producer Stefhan Caddick’s title for the distributed sound performance opening event, which takes place on October 5 and 6 at Llwyn Celyn, Cwmyoy, Black Mountains, Wales.

Admission is free but ticketed. You can find tickets and more information via this Eventbrite link.
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Llwyn Celyn is one of the finest surviving medieval hall houses in the heart of the Black Mountains in the Brecon Beacons, which is being restored into it’s full glory by the Landmark Trust. Click on the links to read more._____.

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ENDURING LIKE A TREE UNDER THE CURIOUS STARS #6

I’ve been commissioned to compose works for choir for Stefhan Caddicks openings event of the renovated ‘Llwyn Celyn’ house by Landmark Trust, on October 5 and 6. The sheer wealth of material about the place, landscape, history, language and nature gathered by research, by knowledgable commissioners, professionals, friends and colleagues is such a treat, I’ll be blogging little snippets to share the joy.

Llwyn Celyn is one of the finest surviving medieval hall houses in the heart of the Black Mountains in the Brecon Beacons, which is being restored into it’s full glory by the Landmark Trust. Click on the above links to read more.

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Johannes Ockenghem

I was wondering which tunes were hot around 1420 when my friend Dan turned around and sang me ‘Prenez Sur Moi’ by Johannes Ockenghem. Since Dan is from around 14-15C but somehow landed in 2018, he must be reliable source!

Ockenghem is a Flemish composer, sort of from around my native area and I thought it might be fun to sneak a little bit of my genetics into the music …so I took after him. (see what I did there? ha!)

‘Prenez Sur Moi’ was going round in Europe around 1450s. Lyrically it’s a bit of a cheeky song with a dark undertone. Technically it’s a canon consisting of three parts in different keys. The difference in pitch gives each part a different feel. A beautiful challenge to work with.

For the first movement of ‘Enduring Like A Tree Under The Curious Stars’ I wanted to focus on the passing of time, something the title carries so elegantly. A canon is perfect for it – technically it can go on forever, there isn’t really a beginning or an end, it nestles in a moment of time. Ockenghem’s three different keys I changed into four, to voice the four seasons over the choir’s SATB ranges.

Four Seasons, Countless Years’ is a slow, pensive work, reminiscent of sacred music, worshipping time and nature. The lyrics are in the nearly extinct Gwenhwyseg dialect. Here is the Soprano part ‘Spring’  I wrote with help of notes and glossaries:

 

Amsar ō’r dīwadd dīni cadeira yn y cwm ma   
Time finally wakes up stones in this valley

Blōta ācor i llycid yn ārath nêt ācos Pen-Y-Glec        
Flowers open their eyes in a fine speech near House-Of-Gossip

Dēra dinīwad cyfordis yn y bwa’r wibran
Come comfortable innocence in a bow in the sky

Amsar traddōti, am bỳth āarth mōr annepyg â dŵr ā thɛ̄n, o dan y sêr diarth
Time tells tales, for ever as different as water and fire, curious under the stars

 

Premiere and performances are coming up soon!

‘…as the Raven knows of singing’ is producing artist Stefhan Caddick’s umbrella title for the openings event, which takes place on October 5 and 6 at Llwyn Celyn, Cwmyoy, Black Mountains, Wales.

Admission is free but ticketed. You can obtain tickets and more information from the following link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cynefin-of-this-place-tickets-48551002355

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#modernmedieval #choralmusic #llywncelyn #blackmountains #breconbeacons #bats #gwenhwyseg #cymru #whatdoesanartistdoallday #enduringlikeatreeunderthecuriousstars #october5and6

@stefhancaddick @LandmarkTrust @unicornsingers @HeritageLotteryFund

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ENDURING LIKE A TREE UNDER THE CURIOUS STARS #5

I’ve been commissioned to compose works for choir for Stefhan Caddicks openings event of the renovated ‘Llwyn Celyn’ house by Landmark Trust, on October 5 and 6. The sheer wealth of material about the place, landscape, history, language and nature gathered by research, by knowledgable commissioners, professionals, friends and colleagues is such a treat, I’ll be blogging little snippets to share the joy.

Llwyn Celyn is one of the finest surviving medieval hall houses in the heart of the Black Mountains in the Brecon Beacons, which is being restored into it’s full glory by the Landmark Trust. Click on the above links to read more.

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Detail from my ‘Garn Fawr’ panoramic score in scaled down model-size. This segment is about 8 metres long in reality.

 

From Panoramic Score to Medieval music

Last few weeks I’ve been working on ‘panoramic scores’ for the Fort Process festival for experimental music which took place in Fort Newhaven, East Sussex, UK. Panoramic scores are from my interpretations on sheet music series. I developed a graphic scoring technique in which the scores are landscape-sized, long enough to wrap themselves through a space in a Christo-esque fashion.

It’s easy enough to confuse my panoramic scores for something random happening, based on improvisation. While, in fact, Panoramic Scores are my variation on Medieval monophonic model. From a single line, a monophony, harmonies open up by means of a canon principle: musicians starting their parts in a staggered way.

I very much enjoy J.S. Bach’s music and he is a well-known example of a composer repeatedly using a phrase in many guises throughout a work: mirrored, in postive and reverse, slowed down and sped up. This principle very much resonates to me in this digital era of using software to compose with. Bach’s music is so very timeless.

The repetition of a phrase in various forms is a fundament of why I started to develop my panoramic scores. I’m describing how one repeatedly walks through a landscape and experiences the same features differently each time – from East to West, North to South, going out and return, in light and dark, in happy or sad, in major or minor.

As a – natural, kinetic or even choreographic – result of performing the single lined panoramic part, the performers generate polyphonies and harmonies. A multi dimensional, multi-disciplined representation. I see it as a skipping in time from reinterpreting the medieval music via the digital age back to a very minimalist and ancient use of ink and brush graphic lines – and I feel I’m only at the beginning of its exploration.

But what has this got to do with the choral compositions I’ve written for the Llwyn Celyn opening, as it’s notated as conventional sheet music, printed on a standard A4?

The Llwyn Celyn buildings date from around 1420 and in an attempt to express this astonishing awareness of time passed I’ve written two works in modern medieval style. I’ve been using monophony in canon and found myself working pretty much in the same way while developing both very different commissions – that of the panoramic score and the choral pieces.

Enduring Like A Tree Under The Curious Stars, movement one titled ‘Four Seasons, Countless Years’ uses canon in four different keys, the four different seasons. A spin on Ockeghem’s ‘Prenez Sur Moi’. More about it in next blog.

The second movement ‘In The Wings Through The Night’, draws from calls of the Lesser Horseshoe bat (and what they might be saying!) in a more contemporary canon style, with phrases chopped up and diffused.

To honour the hard work of The Landmark Trust’s builders, included in the lyrics is something I overheard the local Lesser Horseshoe bat colony say the other day, while they were going about their business at 2am in the morning (under the curious stars, you see). I thought it was quite a nice appreciation of quality that shouldn’t go amiss:

“get hold of the well-made roof beam, love!”
“citsho y ceibir dēcha, cariad!”

Which reminds me that all lyrics are written in the nearly extinct Gwenhwyseg dialect! More about it in this blog.

Premiere and performances are coming up soon!

‘…as the Raven knows of singing’, is artist and producer Stefhan Caddick’s umbrella title for the openings event, which takes place on October 5 and 6 at Llwyn Celyn, Cwmyoy, Black Mountains, Wales.

Admission is free but ticketed. You can obtain tickets and more information from the following link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cynefin-of-this-place-tickets-48551002355

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Stunning Black Mountains region of Wales, UK. Panoramas and medieval in one photo of Llanthony Priory which ties in with Llwyn Celyn, situated in this valley, but out of view just around the corner. 

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#modernmedieval #choralmusic #llywncelyn #blackmountains #breconbeacons #bats #gwenhwyseg #cymru #whatdoesanartistdoallday #enduringlikeatreeunderthecuriousstars #october5and6

@stefhancaddick @LandmarkTrust @unicornsingers @HeritageLotteryFund

 

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FORT PROCESS – PANORAMIC SCORES performances

 Fort Process festival, a production by the Lost Property arts collective, commissioned me for a new panoramic score composition, after last year’s IMAGIRO Landmannalaugar.

Central / Caponier

are the titles of the two on-location panoramic scores I created for the Fort Process Festival, named after the locations they are situated in – the Central Gun Placement and the Caponier Tunnel of Fort Newhaven, East-Sussex, UK. Last Saturday, Sept 22, these pieces premiered.

Here are a few impressions.

Maria Marzaioli prepping the 42 meter long #panoramicscore #graphicscore ‘Central’ at Fort Process. #Hyperanalog looping in the central gun placement of Fort Newhaven. #inkandbrush #landscape size #composition.  Photos by Agata Urbaniak.

Jobina Tinnemans - prepping 'Central' - photo Agata Urbaniak

 

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Performing violinist Kev Nickells lending a hand and trying to make sense out of my slightly garbled instructions by means of random vocalisations and pointing at things.

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Agata Urbaniak made some great photos of the Fort Process festival, last Saturday. This is a photo of ‘Caponier’ #panoramicscore #graphicscore. It wraps around the corner. Approximately 28 metres long.

Jobina Tinnemans - 'Caponier' - photo Agata Urbaniak

 

 

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FORT PROCESS – PANORAMIC SCORES #6

The Fort Process festival, a production by the Lost Property arts collective, commissioned me for a new panoramic score composition, after last year’s IMAGIRO Landmannalaugar.

Work in progress.

Finished pieces ‘Central’ and ‘Caponier’ probably the only time they will be this ritualistically neatly folded. #premiere #panoramicscore #graphicscore this Saturday #Sept22 #FortProcess #Newhaven UK. #inkandbrush #nature #landscape size #composition #composer

Jobina Tinnemans - panoramic scores - Central and Caponier

 

UNDO. #controlZ #hyperanalog #electronics #panoramicscores#graphicscores #fortprocess #Sept22

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Work in progress. Living it large at 388pt! No Sibelius or Finale in sight. #laptopfree#inkandbrush #panoramicscore #graphicscore #104metres #premiere #sept22#fortprocess

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104 metres of #graphicscore #panoramicscore patiently waiting till #premiere this Saturday!!! #central #caponier #fortprocess #festival #newhaven #inkandbrush

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FORT PROCESS – PANORAMIC SCORES #5

The Fort Process festival, a production by the Lost Property arts collective, commissioned me for a new panoramic score composition, after last year’s IMAGIRO Landmannalaugar.

Work in progress.

my job today painting #panoramicscores #graphicscores #minimalism#workinprogress #inkandbrush #hills #roomwithaview #composer

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Somehow I always end up stitching my scores? #workinprogress #panoramicscores#graphicscores #canvas #fabric #inkandbrush on grass #fortprocess #Sept22

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Today was a good day. Even though this line went absolutely rubbish  Done 24 metres. #painting #panoramicscore #graphicscore #workinprogress #fortprocess#sept22

Jobina Tinnemans - panoramic scores - painting on wall

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FORT PROCESS – PANORAMIC SCORES #4

Jobina Tinnemans - panoramic scores - Garn Fawr detail

The Fort Process festival, a production by the Lost Property arts collective, commissioned me for a new panoramic score composition, after last year’s IMAGIRO Landmannalaugar.

If the weather is going to be as forecasted I’ll be painting 40 metres of graphic score tomorrow, scary stuff!!!! This detail of my scale model will be about 8 metres long… #panoramicscore #inkandbrush premiere #FortProcess #Sept22

 

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Fort Process – panoramic scores #3

The Fort Process festival, a production by the Lost Property arts collective, commissioned me for a new panoramic score composition. I’ve been very much looking forward to starting working on it – it’s going to be much longer than last year’s IMAGIRO Landmannalaugar and wrapping through buildings of Fort Newhaven, starting today!

I’ve got the 40 metres of fabric! Plucked them out of the sky. #40metres#panoramicscore #graphicscore #workinprogress #inkandbrush #fortprocess#composer #premiere #Sept22

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FORT PROCESS – PANORAMIC SCORES #2

Jobina Tinnemans - panoramic scores - scale models

Fort Process festival, a production by the Lost Property arts collective, commissioned me for a new panoramic score composition, after last year’s IMAGIRO Landmannalaugar.

Work in progress.

Cut and splice #newanalog #hyperanalog #realtape #reeltape #graphicscore#panoramicscore #modular #composition #fortprocess #sept22

Jobina Tinnemans - Panoramic scores - cut n splice

 

I. Cannot. Stop. #scalemodel #panoramicscore #graphicscore #fortprocess #sept22

Jobina Tinnemans - panoramic scores - scale models

 

Somehow I can never find my metal rulers for cutting, but I always find my saw… 😂#andsoitbegins #panoramicscore #graphicscore #40metres #scalemodel #fortprocess#Sept22

Jobina Tinnemans - panoramic scores - saw

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