Collaborative Music Making

Sep 29, 2011

ISEA 2011 Istanbul

I recently returned from the ISEA symposium of electronic arts where I was exhibiting and discussing my work with animated graphic notation over the last four years. Below is a link to the other artists and researchers who were invited and to an article I was asked to write about animated graphic notation.

Aug 25, 2011

Using Animated Graphic Scores as Teaching Tools

A recent exhibition in Tallaght, Dublin saw the first outing of two animated graphic scores in collaboration with Killian Redmonk Redmond which will form part of a program of creative music making for primary school children using online resources. The first, Igor the Great, used large coloured buttons as triggers for audio samples which were indicated by dropping pebbles. Below is the full video and a link to the interactive version (requires GoogleChrome and more than 1 player, it's tough!) programmed by Brian-Michael Thornton.


The second was a fluxus inspired performance piece where participants wrote instructions on colour coded cards which were randomly distributed. Every ten minutes the clock generated a new combination of coloured segments with the clock hand indicating performance durations to each participant.

Jul 13, 2011

Jan 4, 2011

Ed Devane's Stop/Run project was a result of months of planning, imagination and instrument building which culminated in a showcase event and week long installation in the Severed Head, Lower Mount Street, Dublin. This marriage of brain and hands conceived and brought to life a series of sound sculptures/instruments which were used by a selection of Irish composers and music makers to create new works exploring a combination of sounds and performance methods.

I chose to experiment with using human movement to represent musical gestures and used processed video footage with each performer following a different color. With such a strong connection between movement and sound in the evolution of music it struck me as a more natural way of conveying musical ideas through moving images, rhythmic gestures in particular.

Big thanks to Ed

Performers: (recorded in the Severed Head during the week of the Stop run installation)

Jane Cassidy
Andy Mc G C
Louise Harte

The Same group of performers played a piece called Play By numbers which uses a sequence of numbers as the score, performed from top to Bottom with each number free to represent any musical parameter chosen by the performers. It works mainly an excuse to get people playing together leading them to think of short percussive combinations of sounds.