Sunday, November 25, 2018

Scoring resources - crowdsourced!

(image from this great Smithsonian article: 

I'm prepping for a series of classes at St. Olaf College, and I'm going to be introducing graphical scoring to the class. This is going to be a mix of music and non-music students, and using graphical scoring allows us to even the playing field for those that aren't heavily embedded into the world of written compositional scoring.

Thanks to the lines community, I found a great source of info:

This thread is a great way to see both current and historically important scoring and compositional techniques for this sort of thing. A great resource, and a positively perfect example of how this community goes beyond supportive - and enters the realm of downright educational. Luckily, they don't hold it over my head!

Combining some of these resources with some of Pauline Oliveros' text scores puts me in the position to help people understand how to do composition organization without having to buy into standard notation (especially when we are going to be spending a lot of time on timbre as a compositional tool).

I'm sure there are plenty of people that will consider this A Great Big Mistake. But the thread on lines certainly shows that this isn't just a flippant area of academic study.


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