Plasticman/Ode to Barre
When you play a sound
In a room…
What is the energetic trajectory, the full trajectory of the transaction of playing a sound?
Where in your body starts the impulse for playing that sound?
Is it a reaction to something happening outside, like a reaction to a sound you hear in
the room, either played by a fellow musician or a sound generated by the physical room,
like a crack of a door or the sound of a radiator or air conditioner?
To make a sound, one has to activate the body and move and translate an energy from
the body to an instrument, for it to vibrate and produce a sound.
Do you pre-hear that sound or rather is that sound produced a byproduct of a semi-
automated body response or seemingly autonomous impulse?
Maybe pre-hearing a sound is in and by itself part of the semi-automated because
learned and ingrained responses of the craft of your musicianship?
Play a Sound.
Just a sound
You have made a sound. Struck a chord. Hit a note.
The sound is out!
It travels through the room
touching and co vibrating with all that is in you and that room.
Like a BOOMERANG!
Imagine it coming back to you.
And As IF
a 50-ties x-man cartoon character with plastic limbs that could throw his hand out
to grab something way out there, and with the elastic quality of its limbs, the hand
would return to the body
So your sound comes back to your body after having reached out energetically
into the room.
Receive that sound.
Let the sound touch you
enter your body again
Pass through you
Let the sound as entity, its vibration and new information touch you.
Let it finds it way in-between your molecules, sharing its information as dance.
Play a new sound.
Just a sound
You can choose this sound coming forth as a reaction to the receiving of the first sound.
Hard to imagine it having no relationship to the first sound at all, yet feel free to explore
making zero degree returns to neutrality, if such state in reality ever exists.
REPEAT THIS CYCLE ad lib (as much as you like making a minimum of 20 different
sounds after having received them fully).
After having done this score with single sounds or short sounds,
explore the same score with:
Continuous sound and receive the sound you make while playing.