Concept for final submission

Our final submission is conceptualized as a conglomerate of all the theoretical and practical aspects that have been examined up to this point. Bildschirmfoto 2014-02-28 um 02.41.20The analysis of philosophical, psychological, cultural and architectural presumptions and circumstances illustrated that the distinction between music and sound is not legitimate from a physical and perceptual standpoint.  This is the reason why, in our final submission, music and noise will not be treated as two different entities. They are qualitatively equal and share the same functions within a network-like call-and-response system of sounds that is based on Wolff’s action score. This means that both noise and music can be characterized as a purely aural event on the one hand, but also as a trigger that causes another event on the other hand.

The piano (one grand for two players), which will be the main instrument of our performance, thereby becomes interpreted in a new way. It loses its additional musical value towards other sound or signal producing entities within the network. Furthermore, the noises that derive from it (like pedal noises) become part of the performance. The piano will be mapped into MaxMsp, which means that the patches need to be matched to the piano’s typically generated noises. Spectral content, pitch and attacks will be relevant parameters to capture its sonic range. The system however needs to be open enough to be able to react to space.

The aesthetical and historical connectivity of sound and light inspires us implement a visual component that will be represented by one light. Like in our first assignment, it will be reactive towards sonic information of the piano, amplitude of the rooms, but also piano data. This shall provide an additional benefit, for in that way even visual aspects can function as an aesthetic element and also as a trigger signal that can be used by the two performers.

Unlike our first performance, we will design person-specific scores for two people that consist of activity levels on graph paper. They are designed to provide an indication of how much action can be taken in a specific time-frame. Nonetheless, they still shall be open for interpretation and reaction to each other space.