Censorship Submissions from my series of Musical Actions.
This series, inspired by my direct involvement in the Occupy movement, explores the intersection of design and music. Color values, geometric equations, number patterns, page layout and typesetting are all tools to go further in expressing the language of music. Sometimes these experiments take on an abstract form, and sometimes they result in a very concrete translation. I mix both standard and graphical notation depending on the application. Each Action is designed to be experienced both as a visual work and a live musical performance.
GLOBAL: An Action for One or More Voices
"Lift every voice and sing." The most abstract of my series of Musical Actions, GLOBAL re-imagines a world map as a giant fermata, the musical symbol for "hold indefinitely," along with the instruction "tutti," meaning "everyone."
216: An Action in C
216 is a visual exploration of the relation between color and music in the digital age. This Musical Action directly translates the universal palate of browser-safe colors into a musical expression designed to give voice to the voiceless.
QUAD: An Action for Handbell Choir
Using the conventions of programming language and Boolean logic, QUAD sets up a series of instructions for a handbell choir performance that allows for chance interactions under a structured form. With a performance layout based on the circle of fifths, this action for bell choir consists of two movements, one lyrical and the other strident. This work is intended to be a protest performance in a public space.