From noise to music and back, is it a question of the mind and it’s perspective? It certainly is an experience we recognise in the Genetic Choir work: Many voices that are creating a noise-wall of sound will become more musically distinct purely by the joint effort of singers and audience members to listen more closely or changing their listening position.
A new blogpost on the lovely website everydaylistening.com yesterday describes the “Microtonal Wall” of Tristan Perich. And in the description of it makes the above statement: Noise is something which exists in our minds only – we just can’t keep track of all the different things happening at once, so it becomes “noise”. (whole blogpost is here)
The inspiring thing about this aspect of noise/music when talking about live performance is that it creates a much more reciprocal relationship between performers and listeners when instant composing: Singers of the Genetic Choir discover the music at the same time as their audience does. It is a subtle collaboration of all the ears who are present. And while every individual hears something different with his own set of minds/ears, there is also a shared movement from chaos to clarity (and back, maybe) which we don’t do on our own. When we make music that is ‘noise’ based, this is the most apparent. And it is comparable with the experience of the Microtonal Wall: The audience creates focus and distinction with their listening and the performers react to this – which means that the listeners compose the music together with us.
This year, you can spend your Christmas Eve listening to the Genetic Choir in the special Christmas edition of the Vorlesebuhne Utrecht on the 24th of December.
The Vorlesebuhne provides six writers who read strange, short prose, the Genetic Choir provides the sound and music and the Houtzaagmolen (old wood mill) in the center of Utrecht provides the right ambience for a heart-warming, unpredictable and contemplative “Stille Nacht”.
Vorlesebühne Kersteditie: “Die meneer zei dat het mocht”
24-12-2014, 20:00-22:30, Houtzaagmolen De Ster, Molenpark 3, Utrecht, Entree: 7,-/10,- Euro
met Delphine Lecompte, Twan Zegers, Simon Weeda, Helena Hoogenkamp, Bernhard Christiansen, Maaike Haneveld
muziek: Genetic Choir
speciale kerstgast: Vladimir Rasputin, de grote invalidentemmer uit het Oosten
There’s a concert coming up, and not just any concert.
This Saturday, 8th of February 2014, the Genetic Choir will sing visually enhanced vocal improvisations on
THE CUMULUS 2
in the Kunstkapel, Amsterdam.
We will be vocally morphing a 3D laser object created by Vladimir Grafov
and Ksenia Pankratova; we will sing micro-pitch extravaganzas during a piece by Lee Ellickson Alfredo Genovesi; and we will round the evening off vocally interacting with the projected particle fields of Joris de Jong.
All part of an exciting, long evening with even more artists who will make the circular, futuristic space of the Kunstkapel vibrate with sound and images.
More info on the event – click here and scroll down.
“The Cumulus 2”
Saturday, February 8th – 8 pm
Prinses Irenestraat 21
Entrance: five euros
Composing vocal music in the amazing super-echo environment of an abandoned silo, in the former harbour of Amsterdam.
This is what the Genetic Choir did last month and here is the first of a number of instant compositions we recorded there. ( Maybe a new CD in the making…? )
Many thanks to
Jakub Kupikowski for the suggestion
Carolien Zwirt for the connection
and AMVEST for the permission and opportunity
A new track for the new year:
The Genetic Choir publishes monthly a new instantly composed composition. Subscribe if you’d like to stay tuned.
Previously released: Listen to more music on our Audio page
As we enjoy playing the game of inventing new labels for recordings made under completely different circumstances, listen now to the Genetic Choir release of this month: a song for the contemplative side of the festive season.
Earphones highly recommended to catch the spaciousness of the recording location! (applies to almost all music on our Audio page)
Performed and instantly composed during a concert in the Metaalkathedraal, Utrecht on 24-06-2012, in collaboration with composer/pianist Jeroen van Veen.
Previous releases of Genetic Choir music:
…and of course even more on our audio page: click here
This might interest you, dear instant composition singers:
Today everyone can compose a few bars of music for the Metropole Orkest, and there is a good chance they will play your music live as part of the Twitter Symphony they are playing today (which will take about 8 hours…) Look here: www.tweetphony.nl They will even twitter you back if they have played your composition and give you a link to the video-registration of the piece you have created!
So, go ahead.
If you make a composition an twitter it to them, let me know about it via my Twitter account @instantcomposer so that I can gather all the little compositions made by you (maybe together, that can become an open score for our next concert 😀 )