Wednesday, March 26, 2014
"Soundscapers" (Second Performance)
Portable Speaker and Mic
Jar with tacks
one unexpected audience member
I really enjoy my partner's description of the performance, so I'm gonna barrow it ;)
"The performance began with feedback from the portable speaker while Haley played the ocarina upside down, producing a flat whistling tone like the solar winds. After an indeterminate amount of time Haley then shook the exhaust pipe, signifying entrance into the atmosphere, and I scraped the coins across the table. Because the microphone picking up the portable speaker sounds was on the table, it picked up the sound of the coins scraping the table and produced a reverberating feedback effect much like a low pitched flying saucer. This only happened in rehearsal, however, which was a tad disappointing.
Anyway, once Haley stopped shaking the exhaust pipe she grabbed the ocarina like a space gun and walked around the room shaking the jar of pins in a rhythmic fashion. I stood by and slid a quarter over the strings of the dulcimer, making a sound like idle alien gear. Haley then placed the bucket on the chosen audience member's head and brought her up to the main console (the table everything was set up on). She was then handed the ocarina and, to my surprise, began to play it. In retrospect it seems obvious but I distinctly remember being surprised.
Haley then shook the pipes, I scratched around the coins and then, after a while, I started the portable speaker sound again. The piece then ended and the abducted Intermedia student was never heard from again. I hear she returned to Earth somewhere in Guatemala and couldn't remember her name for a couple days but the rumors are hard to verify."
I really enjoyed working with Lucian to come up with this project. He has a great knack for creating sound with a story, and I think about what would be interesting to see. We wanted to create a Cage inspired composition and wrote down a score for us to follow. Going into the performance, I knew that the sound were more important than the story we created, but the story was really just a jumping off point in my mind. I liked where it went even if it was not exactly how we planned it.
Notes from the audience:
Great use of sounds and "instruments"
The performance felt like a ritual
The audience had a lot of trust
The sound walking around the room was great, but could have used more
the exhaust pipe may have been overwhelming-which isn't bad or good
Bucket was reminiscent of either a crown or dunce hat
It could be improved by putting it behind a screen with backlight