SCORES Performances at Lawrimore Project
As I announced last week on this blog, this past Saturday was the closing celebration of SCORES, Lawrimore Project’s exhibition of art objects intended to be played as graphic scores. Participating musicians were Robert Kirkpatrick, Wyndel Hunt, Pearson Wallace-Hoyt and Jon Sargent, Timm Mason, Simon Henneman, David Golightly and myself. Robert Kirkpatrick has an excellent recap of the event on his blog A Spiral Cage, as well as some photos from the event in his Flickr photostream.
I think the challenge of having musicians interpret artworks as graphic scores was a good exercise that yielded some interesting results. But perhaps the greatest accomplishment of this event was that it brought together two spheres of interest that are, to be frank, much further apart than they should be. One hallmark of a thriving art scene is a high degree of communication among creative individuals of all stripes, and yet I am often surprised by the lack of integration between the visual artists and musicians working in this town. This event was a wonderful opportunity to spark some meaningful interaction. I’m grateful that I got to be a part of it.
This is a video of my “reading” of a piece by artist Steven Hull, which features a modified toy train that runs through a tower that is adorned with a John Cage score. In my interpretation of this object, I used a Boss RC-2 Loop Station to create audio loops that mirrored the length of the train track. Singing a simple drone, I built each successive layer by modulating pitch according to the train’s twists and turns around the path (only partially visible in the video frame).