If this instrument could speak to you…
what would it not tell you?
A score for a musician and her instrument(s)
in a room.
For musician, instrument, recording device
Note for score:
That Thing you hold in your hands
Manipulate and touch in order
to make sound
Our touches, over time, become techniques, which means, through repetition,
we create pathways in our cellular and muscular memory in order to not to
have to think when we make a certain sound.
Just like walking or riding a bike.
We learn how to do this and repeat it many times, so that we don’t have to be
aware and in control of each detail of the process of setting one foot down while
lifting the other.
However, there is great joy to be found in re-opening ourselves to the layers of
information that over time became hidden to our awareness. In this score we
will explore our senses of touch, sight, feeling, awareness in relationship to our
Read the score one time from
beginning to end
Just feel, let the score sink in
Read the score a 2nd time from
NOW to NOW
Each NOW starts a new part
Only part 3 involves making (a) sound(s)
Execute the score.
Only in part 3 I’d like you to record the sound of it so prepare a recorder you
can easily arm for recording when moving to part 3.
After executing the score you will thus have made a ten-minute audio piece.
Write down your experiences and reflections.
Repeat the piece as many times as you like to enhance your dialogue with
the instrument(s) you play.
I’d like to make an edit of this piece overlaying all our audio bits. Preferably
not touching or editing, just juxtaposing different stretches of ten-minute
Any given day
Any moment in your daily life
Go to your practice room
And go to your instrument
Take it out of its box
Open the lid
Uncover what covers it
Touching a puppy dog for the first time
Or a dried rose
Hold it in your hands
Look at it
Say hello to it
And allow it to say hello to you
Place your instrument before you
Lay it down
Step away from it
Feel the magnetism
The charged space between you and your instrument
Hold your want to touch it to play or make a sound
And keep the energy of it inside of you
Feel the place inside of your body where that want is felt most
Is it in your hands?
Look at your instrument.
How is it without you?
Does it want you to touch it?
Does it want to be played?
What is its vibe?
Does it feel light or dark?
Does it want to hide from you?
Is it massive?
Is it vibrating with its own potential and life?
——————————————————————————————————————————NOW (3) 10'
Go to your instrument
And from that space of awareness of its own entity
Touch it and let your touch be a question
Ask what it wants?
How does it want to be touched?
How does it want to be played?
Even when touching it as you normally do
Do it as if it were the first time
Explore the touch
Is it cold?
What is its surface telling you?
From those touches and the dialogue of touch
between you and your instrument
Now make some sounds, and let your sounds
be the audible trace of your talk of touches.
Record 10 minutes of a dialogue of touches.