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 â€œscoreâ€ consisting of a list of 99 words or phrases.Â The game board, one six-sided die, a placeholderÂ (coins or Monopoly characters work well) and the list are necessary to play the game/piece.Â I have composed my first piece for the system, but presumably, anybody can â€œcomposeâ€ their own list of 99 words or phrases to be used for the Game.
All players place their placeholders on â€œstart.â€
Each player rolls the die to determine the order of play.Â 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.Â The player then looks up the word or phrase corresponding to the number of the space where she has moved the placeholder.Â She then verbally calls out the word or phrase, and then performs a gesture that interprets the word or phrase.Â A gesture is broadly defined as a vocal or instrumental performance, interpretive dance, or other expression.Â 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).Â If there is an â€œover-roll,â€ 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.
I would love to execute this score sometime, anybody interested in performing it with me?
A couple weeks ago, photographer Jon Wasserman, who has also shot Murakami Takashi and Zach Condon of the band Beirut, came to ITP to shoot some portraits of our little geek-art-tech community.Â Here are the pics he took of me.Â It’s amazing what some good lighting and a good photographer can do.Â Ok, so now I’m ready for my Vogue or Rolling Stone cover, any day now 😉
Video by Elizabeth Fuller
The head(banger)phones are a personal music device made up of a pair of headphones and a sensor.Â When the user wears the head(banger)phones, the motion and position of her head triggers different sounds, creating a dynamic interactive musical experience.
Here is some internet ink about head(banger)phones:
Noir is the new video I made in Comm Lab @ ITP with Elizabeth, Catherine, and Kristin.Â It is a music video for a song of the same name that I recorded circa 1998-1999 under the Ronald Raygun band name, and re-released online in 2006 under the new HEPNOVA brand.Â It was the second or third song that I have ever written.Â Telephone Tag was the first, and either Noir or Bionic Boyband in Bollywood was second/third.Â I did the vocals and played all of the instruments except for bass.Â The bass credits go to Nico of Tsar Nicholas and HEPNOVA fame.
The video is a pastiche-y hommage to the films noirs of yesteryear, shot on location in Lower Manhattan, with basically no budget and only three weeks from pre to post.Â Here it is in all its charmingly ghetto glory: