Tonal Relativity Games and Experiments photo by Melody Mock

 

TONAL RELATIVITY GAMES & EXPERIMENTS
7 PM – April 29, 2017 – UNM ARTS Lab
the AUDIOLIZATION of IMAGINING SOUND
an EXHIBITION of 2- and 3D Works based on the
TONAL RELATIVITY PROJECT
by ALYCE SANTORO
at CENTRAL FEATURES CONTEMPORARY ART

 

PLAYERS:

Elizabeth McNutt – Flute

PREPARED EAR:

Alyce Santoro – flute
Julian Mock – guitar

DEATH CONVENTION SINGERS:

Marisa Demarco – voice, electronics
Clifford Grindstaff – bass guitar, bass clarinet
Drake Hardin – clarinet
Rosie Hutchinson – violin
Ariel Muniz – cello
Alan Zimmerman – vibes

 


WORLDWIDE TUNING MEDITATION (1990) by PAULINE OLIVEROS

Pauline Oliveros was an accordianist, composer, pioneer of elecro-acoustic music, and a progenitor of the theory/practice of Deep Listening. She died at the age of 84 in 2016. Her WORLDWIDE TUNING MEDITATION calls for audience participation.

 

1960 #7 by LAMONTE YOUNG
LaMonte Young is a New York based musician and artist heralded as one of the early minimalist composers. This piece is part of a set of works consisting mostly of written instructions for the performer.

 

WAYNE NATIONAL FOREST #1 (2017) by BRIAN HARNETTY
Brian Harnetty is an Ohio based composer whose works are often concerned with the environmental impacts of the fossil fuel extraction industries in the midwest and Appalachia. A recording of this piece is available as part of Notes from the Sub-Underground, a compilation album with all proceeds going to the ACLU.

Please see Harnetty's Listening to Protest and Resistance in the "Little City of Black Diamonds" at New Music Box for more on his practice and anti-fracking protest in Wayne National Forest.


 

GAME (1970) by MARIO LAVISTA
Mario Lavista, renowned Mexican composer, founded the collective improvisation group QUANTA in 1970. GAME is a work for one or more flutes consisting of 20 short sections that can be ordered according to the players’ discretion. Performed by Elizabeth McNutt and Alyce Santoro.

 

 

varIEGations (An Intervalic Exploration Game) by Prepared Ear



TONOSCORE 1: SEASON by Alyce Santoro

"Tonoscores" are based on a circular, clock-face like template, and employ the 12-color spectrum contained in the Tonal Relativity project. One full rotation can be thought of as equaling 60 seconds.

Tonoscore 1: Season was created in three parts...one is intended for low-pitched instruments (below left), one for polyphonic instruments (center), and one for higher-pitched instruments (right). The twelve colors were applied with the main emphasis on creating a visually balanced composition.

For the purpose of the performance at ARTS Lab, we selected the burgundy red color to correspond to C, with all other colors/pitches being relative. All musicians began simultaneously at the 12 o'clock position. Beginning at 12 o'clock, each part contains a sequence of all 12 tones before a color is repeated.

Other interpretations of this score are invited (musicians are welcome to switch parts, agree on other color-to-pitch relationships, start anywhere on the circle, etc.).


 

Tonoscore: Season notation
MADE USING MUSESCORE

 

 

 


SQUARING THE CIRCLE OF FIFTHS by Julian Mock– solo guitar

 

ROW AND DRIFT by Prepared Ear


MADE USING MUSESCORE