I got really good feedback about my NIME project in class tonight that will help me develop my Mumbo Jumbo Maracas piece. In thinking about how I want everything to fit together, I am strongly leaning towards making my performance an ensemble piece. I definitely want to keep both the maracas and the gibberish speech samples in the composition. I’m thinking that I will play the Wiimote which will be triggering the mumbo jumbo language samples, while another musician will play the maracas. A third musician will be playing a melodic instrument. I still need to sort out the details, but that is where I stand as of tonight. My next steps are scoring out the composition, learning more about OSC and PD.
On the way home, a lullaby-like melody and lyrics came into my head while I was in the subway. Here are the words. I think they will help guide me in what I want to say with the Mumbo Jumbo Maracas project.
I forgot my native language
I forgot my mother tongue
I forgot the tales you’ve told me
I forgot the songs you’ve sung