Performance Art Board Game

Das Neunundneunzigmusikspiel
Opus 1: Die Neue Weltanschauung

For 4 to 9 performers

Das Neunundneunzigmusikspiel (99 Music Game) is a cheeky little board game I invented for my Visual Music class as a way of executing a musical “score” consisting of a list of 99 words or phrases.  The game board, one six-sided die, a placeholder  (coins or Monopoly characters work well) and the list are necessary to play the game/piece.  I have composed my first piece for the system, but presumably, anybody can “compose” their own list of 99 words or phrases to be used for the Game.

All players place their placeholders on “start.”

Each player rolls the die to determine the order of play.  If two or more players roll the same number, then they should roll again, and repeat if necessary until an order is established.

In the established order, each player rolls the die, and advances the placeholder the corresponding number of spaces.  The player then looks up the word or phrase corresponding to the number of the space where she has moved the placeholder.  She then verbally calls out the word or phrase, and then performs a gesture that interprets the word or phrase.  A gesture is broadly defined as a vocal or instrumental performance, interpretive dance, or other expression.  The other players may also choose to perform complementary gestures expressing the word or phrase, but it is optional.

The players continue performing until the next player decides to roll the die, advances the placeholder, and calls out the corresponding word or phrase, after which the players perform the next gesture.

Game play continues until the placeholder arrives at the end (fin).  If there is an “over-roll,” for example, if the placeholder is one space away from the end, but the player rolls a six, the move is still considered to be valid ending.

Download PDF of game instructions and score.

Download PDF of game board.

I would love to execute this score sometime, anybody interested in performing it with me?

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Vocal Drone

This week’s assignment for Visual Music is to compose a drone music piece.

My voice as the only sound source + La Monte Young + Björk’s Medúlla + Dangerously-close-to-Enya vocal overdubs, reverb, and delay + a lot of copy and paste =   Vocal Drone.

Enjoy.

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Visual Music: Spectral Music Etude

Our assignment for week 3 of Visual Music with Zach Layton is to “take 12 tone piece & stretch it out with FFT, do spectral analysis, make it a new piece.”

I opened up the AIFF of the 12 tone piece I composed last week in SPEAR.  Then I used SPEAR to drag different frequency partials around.  I eliminated most high frequencies and used the pen tool to draw some frequencies to create a 1-minute drone piece, which I exported as an AIFF.   Then I used SoundHack to mutate the SPEAR-edited file with the original 12 tone piece from last week.  This is the resulting new piece, a spectral/FFT “remix” of the original, if you will.  The spectral analysis above was also done by SoundHack.

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First foray in dodecaphony

This week’s assignment in Visual Music with Zach Layton is to write a short twelve-tone piece for piano or electronics.

Using the Sounding Stone Twelve-Tone Row Calculator, I generated a twelve-tone series based on A, D, and G.

Prime: A D G at transposition 0 is A D G
Inversion: A E B at transposition 1 is Bb F C
Retrograde: G D A at transposition 6 is Db Ab Eb
Retro. Inv.: B E A at transposition 7 is Gb B E

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A D G Bb F C Db Ab Eb Gb B E
E A D F C G Ab Eb Bb Db Gb B
B E A C G D Eb Bb F Ab Db Gb
Ab Db Gb A E B C G D F Bb Eb
Db Gb B D A E F C G Bb Eb Ab
Gb B E G D A Bb F C Eb Ab Db
F Bb Eb Gb Db Ab A E B D G C
Bb Eb Ab B Gb Db D A E G C F
Eb Ab Db E B Gb G D A C F Bb
C F Bb Db Ab Eb E B Gb A D G
G C F Ab Eb Bb B Gb Db E A D
D G C Eb Bb F Gb Db Ab B E A
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In the Etude I have composed, I wanted to sketch out the vertical (harmonic) and horizontal (melodic) qualities of the 12-tone set. I sat down at the piano, and started recording in GarageBand, while I improvised several vertical and horizontal ways of playing through the 12-tone set. Then I did some editing of the sound samples in GB to isolate the performances I wanted to keep and then added some delay and multitracked the piano parts slightly out of phase to create a “serialism-meets”minimalism” kind of effect.

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