What’s the score?
Elaine Mitchener discusses radical approaches to creating and interpreting musical scores.
In this talk, Elaine Mitchener explores diverse approaches to writing and using performance scores without the use of traditional western musical notation, from text and graphic scores, to techniques drawn from performance art and physical theatre.
The talk will touch upon the approaches and practices of artists including Alison Knowles, Katalin Ladik, Ben Patterson, Jeanne Lee, Isidore Isou and others, and will include examples and performances of the works and techniques discussed, showing how they can unlock individual creativity and organise and direct group activity. It will be followed by a Q&A session.
A series of three talks programmed by The Wire magazine looking at different strategies and systems for making music and organising sound.
Music By Any Means has been designed to show how anything can become music, from objects to actions, archives to rituals, and how anyone can make it, regardless of any previous musical experience or ability. In the process of demystifying the processes of sound organisation and music making, the series will illuminate other ways of being in the world through sound, bypassing existing orthodoxies to enable and empower new creative activity.
The talks, which will include demonstrations and performances, will be presented by O YAMA O (Rie Nakajima and Keiko Yamamoto), People Like Us (Vicki Bennett), and Elaine Mitchener; all artists who use aspects of film, theatre, performance, visual art and other practices to inform and develop new and distinctive approaches to making music and organising sound.
Music By Any Means will be available to audiences both onsite and online, with each event broadcast live from Somerset House Studios.