COMPOSING WITH GRAPHICS: REVEALING THE COMPOSITIONAL PROCESS THROUGH PERFORMANCE

Paper presented at TENOR2015, the First International Conference on Technologies for Music Notation and Representation in Paris 28-30 May 2015.

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ABSTRACT
The research presented here is product of a practice-based process that primarily generates knowledge through col-laboration and exchange in performance situations. This collaboration and exchange with various musicians over a period of five years that constitutes a body of practice that is here reflected upon. The paper focuses on non-instructional graphic scores and presents some insights based on performances of works by the author. We ad-dress how composition processes are revealed in graphic scores by looking at the conditions of decision making at the point of preparing a performance. We argue that three key elements are at play in the interpretation of these types of graphic scores: performance practice, mapping and musical form. By reflecting particularly on the work Cipher Series (Rebelo, 2010) we offer insights into the strategies for approaching the performance of graphic scores that go beyond symbolic codification.

Full paper (pdf): Rebelo_Composing_with_graphics

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