Saturday, October 26, 2013

Hunter's Moon Score Trail 2013

Here are all the scores and artwork from the Score Trail. I will post about the other art separately. It was a lot of fun doing the Score Trail. I worked together with my sister, Jennifer Walshe. We asked composers to send us text or graphic scores to display in shop windows. We then sent artists one score each and asked them to make a work in response to it. I loved getting emails and packages in the post containing some really awesome work! 

Here is the map above and a link to a pdf of all of the work if you would like to see the originals. Click on any images to embiggen.

Below I've put some pictures up of all the work in situ. We printed out labels with QR codes that people with smart phones could scan which would take them to sites about the composers/artists and in particular to performances of the pieces where possible.

Istvan Zelenka sent us these thoughtful text scores (above) to which Sandra Lulei responded with layered and embroidered drawings below:

 Pictured above is one of Amnon Wolman's graphic scores (left) with Felicity Ford's postcard-sized scores in response. I love how Felicity tries to untangle the mystery of the image in Amnon's score with her descriptions of different actions involving knitting needles, matches, pins and combs.

 Karen Power sent us an excerpt from her score armed only with nuts.

 James Saunders made a piece especially for the festival - location composite #4 - which is hidden inside a book in one of the bookshops. Festival-goers are invited to write the sounds they hear on sheets of paper hidden in the book. The resultant score will hopefully be performed over the weekend.

My own work gave people a chance to create their own score to take home or leave on the wall.

Jennifer Walshe's score was printed on a t-shirt and hung in a charity shop window. We may see it on Sunday being worn by a Carrick on Shannon farmer, having been accidentally purchased from the shop.

 Paul McGuire's score Underpass Anxiety was presented...well, in an underpass aptly enough...

 Danny McCarthy made this beautiful book for the festival, which we will be turning the pages of each day.

Anton Lukoszevieze sent us a score based on what looks like an image of a Russian circuit board called Music for Orchestra.

Joe Kudirka sent us some delicate and beautifully textured sheets of handmade paper - there are all sorts of interesting material in them - hair, foil, etc.

Anthony Kelly made this score for us. I like how he allows the performer to choose their own way to interpret his image.

Travis Just sent us his score Basketball Duo, for two performers with basketballs, which Gavin Porter made a print in response to. I really like how these two work together.

John Godfrey sent us a score called Tinting Study. It is quite a subtle visual work as well as being an interesting score.

Tomomi Adachi sent a bold graphic score for piano and two graters. (I'm thinking this didn't work out too good for the piano.) I like how Vicky Langan responded, using a grater on cardboard and a piano string to create her sculptural piece. 

Alvin Curran sent us this piece which reminds me of a diagram of how to do the fox trot. I'd like to see this one performed.

D. Edward Davis sent us a thoughtful excercise in listening to which Natalia Beylis responded with a sweet drawing.

And finally we have Mouthpiece I from Erin Gee. I love the video of this piece. It reminds me of Beckett. 

And another finally...there is a mystery score out there folks! The first 10 people who find it and report back to the Box Office with the title of it get a free copy of Felicity Ford's 6 postcard scores. Whooppee!!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Three sounds, three volumes

For the Hunter's Moon Score Trail I decided to make a piece that lets the public create their own compositions within parameters I set. 

I really like the democratic nature of text scores - how anyone can perform the scores. The scores we have for the festival vary widely in how precise or vague they are. (More about them all next week.) Some give precise instructions for the performer to follow and some allow the performer to really follow their own lead. This must lead to some huge variations in performances.

I wanted to give the public a chance to make their own score, with sounds they chose, but within a framework I set for them. Participants are asked to take a card and fill it out.

Then they take three stamps (from a set I made specially for this) and assign a sound to each one.
They are to use three different colour stamp pads and assign a different volume to each colour. This is all noted on the card. 

They are asked then to draw a line representing the path their piece will take and stamp along this line to create their own score. They can then perform their piece.

I'll be interested to see how people respond to it next week at the festival. I'll also be interested to see if my stamps have an influence on the sounds people choose. I went with Hunter's Moon-themed stamps -  there is a moon, a star, an animal skull, etc.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Cider with....well, us.

 This amazing summer has given us so much for such little effort. (Yeah, okay, no effort to be honest.)
So finally, after being here several years we have managed to press our apples - hooray!
 We had some help. Dealing with large tubs full of apples is a very popular toddler activity. So popular we've been finding apples in various locations ever since.
We borrowed a press from our very lovely neighbours. (Thanks guys!)
We first tried with apples we had chopped up - this didn't work, so the blender was brought out. A quick go in the blender reduced the apples to a pulp and once we pressed that we got loads of juice. A gallon in fact. It is in the freezer now, awaiting being made into cider! Yippee!

Beautiful starry apples!
And did I mention it is absolutely gorgeous? An amazing, tangy, full flavour. Its a bit on the brown side from the apples oxidising but it makes up for that with its phenomenal flavour.